When did the UK last not have a triple A rating? What were the debt levels then? How does this relate to now?
As Nigel Lawson said 'the economy is no where near as fragile as when we [the Thatcher government of 1983 sic] made our massive cuts in services and spending'. The main man of conservative economic policy is clear that our economy is stronger now that 27 years ago - what does the anonymous friend say to his guru?