Snow or no snow, these GDP figures are a nightmare for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government and throw up the risk of a self-fulfilling spiral of gloom.
When the shock 0.5 percent drop in economic output at the end of 2010 hits television screens on Tuesday night as families sit down to dinner, already-cautious consumers will feel more than a winter chill.
If a car slams into a bus stop just yards away as you launch a last-ditch election offensive, you might be forgiven for thinking that the gods are
not on your side.
But even after the nightmare week British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has had, such portents of doom have little visible effect on the self-proclaimed underdog in this, one of Britain’s most closely fought parliamentary elections for 25 years.
The cash-for-amendments scandal in the House of Lords has brought the issue of reform right back into the spotlight.
Some want the dusty, old upper chamber abolished altogether to rid British politics of a wooden hall stuffed full of red leather seats and an unelected collection of appointees, church folk and a few leftover heirs.