Carney admitted to being "more than mildly offended" by Treasury select commitee John Mann, who took issue with the statistics used by the Bank governor to suggest the UK was enjoying the "strongest rate [of recovery]" out of the other major economies.
Drawing a contrast with Carney's predecessor Lord King, Mann said: "Households are borrowing more both secured and unsecured debt, businesses are investing less and yet you're there saying we are the world leader amongst comparative economies.
Mann accused Carney of being "more selective" than Lord King with the economic timelines of measures like household debt in order to present a "rosier picture". He added: "Aren't you in danger of being too close to the chancellor and acting as a politician rather than the Bank of England?"
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In response, Carney said he was "more than mildly offended by the thrust of the question", adding: "What I'm here describing today is inflation at 2.2%, jobs being created in the private sector, an economy that is growing from a weak base but is growing at the fastest rate of the advanced economies. I fail to see why that is not relevant."
Mann also asked Carney for a "frank" answer on if he had any political ambitions, given that the Canadian governor has been hotly-tipped as a contender to be Canada's next prime minister.
Carney shot back: "No', prompting Mann to press: "None whatsoever?"
"None whatsoever", the Bank of England governor insisted.