kaled - 4:25 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
Well, if you're talking about the recession (in the UK)
1) Greedy bankers - nonsense it was stupidity but the bankers would rather be thought of as greedy than stupid.
2) Gordon Brown being lauded for saving the financial system - he was far more the cause than the cure.
3) Robert Peston including Northern Rock with the likes of RBS and LLoyds when the NR's problems were entirely different - considering he broke the story you'd think he'd understand that!
Northern Rock financed mortgages with short term loans so when the crunch hit it could not renew its loans - it didn't touch worthless US loan bundles which is largely what caused the other UK banks problems. Northern Rock could have traded its way out of trouble if the Bank of England had continued to lend it the money and the risk to the tax payer would have been identical - so Gordon Brown got that wrong as well despite his interminable claims otherwise.
More generally, of politicians...
1) Avoiding the question.
2) Telling bare-faced lies (and not being called out as liars when they tell bare-faced lies).
3) Stating that they have repeatedly made their position clear before avoiding making their position clear.
4) Journalists, when interviewing politicians, not getting to grips with any of the above.