Politics 6 December 2012 “It’s exactly the kind of something-for-nothing economics that frankly got us into this mess in the first place” Business quote of the day. Print HTML “It’s exactly the kind of something-for-nothing economics that frankly got us into this mess in the first place” George Osborne tells BBC News today he will reject calls to spend more to boost the British economy, despite threats of a UK downgrade and criticism that his Autumn Statement yesterday will hit the poorest hardest. Osborne was forced yesterday to admit he missed his own target for reducing national debt , and has extended the austerity plans for another three years. › How the Autumn Statement hit "the strivers" George Osborne masks on sale. Photograph: Getty Images Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia Subscribe More Related articles An unmatched font of knowledge Leader: On capitalism and insecurity Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?