Today, the UK economy is in a lot better shape. Growth of 3.2% in the year to July - the strongest in the G10 - and the fears that to hold off on rate rises would create potential for dangerous bubbles in credit markets have been enough to move the votes of Martin Weale and Ian McCafferty to vote for a 25bps increase.
The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.
Listen carefully and you just might hear the distant pop of champagne corks as bosses celebrate already being paid more this week than you could earn all year... These cats didn't just put on few pounds by creaming off the top of the milk. They have swigged down the whole bottle and gorged themselves on the contents of the fridge and all the kitchen cupboards.