And we have to remember that Brown
got growth back into the was lucky enough to ride the worldwide economic boom that was starting in 1997 that the Tories then killed.
I'm no fan of Tories or Labour, but the China and credit driven boom of the early noughties could have been a success for any chancellor in power at the time.
How you then deal with the risks and opportunities that boom offers a government/country in the medium to long term is how the economic management should be judged.
And while the seeds of the banking collapse may have been sown by Tory deregulation, by the time it happened in 2008, Brown and Bliar had been in position to address the issues for 10 years, if they were as canny as some like to think they were*. Turns out they only had eyes on extending their reign of power, not doing what was best for the country. Same as the bastard Tories before them.
*Fair play, he kept us out of the Euro.