THE CURSE of Norman Lamont makes politicians wary of mentioning the "green shoots" of recovery. But when the data show growth of 0.4 per cent, 0.7 per cent and 0.8 per cent in the first three quarters of 2013, it's clear. The UK is off life support. Sure, the recovery is heavily consumption-led, with exports down 2.4 per cent, imports up 0.4 per cent, and consumer spending up 0.8 per cent in the third quarter. But confidence is returning. Now we must cure the disease at the root of the UK's illness: our addiction to credit-fuelled growth instead of sustainable trade and competitiveness.