The UK economy is "turning a corner", Chancellor George Osborne has said in a speech in London. Mr Osborne cited "tentative signs of a balanced, broad based and sustainable recovery", but stressed it was still the "early stages" and "plenty of risks" remained. Mr Osborne said that recent months - which have seen more upbeat reports on the economy - had "decisively ended" questions about his economic policy. The speech comes ahead of the Conservative Party conference later this month, and after a number of forecasts and surveys pointed to an acceleration in the UK's economic recovery. Full story >>
In the cartoon from The Telegraph Blower shows a smiling George Osborne (symbolizing the UK economy) literally turning a corner. However, around the corner three men (an Arab, a European, and a Japanese) lie in wait, ready to attack him with clubs marked "War-Oil Crisis", "Euro Slump", and "Slowdown".
The cartoonist is suggesting that Osborne's claim to have won the battle for Britain's economic future is premature, and that many threats lie ahead on the road to recovery.
If you turn a corner (or turn the corner), you to pass a very important point in an illness or a difficult situation and begin to improve. • The company's been through difficult times but I think we can safely say that we have now turned the corner. A related idiom is around the corner. If you say that something is (just) around the corner, you mean it is going to happen or arrive very soon. • Spring is here and the baseball season is just around the corner.