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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cameron only has himself to blame

A week is certainly a long time in politics. This time last week I was getting rather bored with the election campaign. It was the usual knockabout stuff; Brown saying don’t let the Tories in, and Cameron saying don’t let Labour continue. I was finding it difficult to find anything positive, even though the main parties launched their manifestos early last week. I feared the leaders’ debates would be a damp squib too.

Well, things have certainly changed, although I can’t say I’m surprised.  Before anyone asks me if the LibDem surge is sustainable, the simple answer is I don’t know. No-one does and this is why this election campaign has suddenly got very interesting.

Locally in Hull, sources inform me the LibDems have recruited twenty new volunteers; people who walked through the door and offered their services. Nationally, the membership of the party has increased too. The Clegg Factor has worked wonders thus far. The reason for this is simple, and the way some Conservative commentators have tried to rubbish Clegg has been silly in the extreme. The fault lies fair and square with Cameron and his team.

I have said more times than I care to mention that the only way the Conservatives can win this election is by being radical. Well, it’s too late now. Cameron was desperate not to lose this election and a few months ago many Conservatives thought the party would win at a cantor. None of them seemed to realise that not being Gordon Brown was never going to be enough. By positioning the Conservative Party firmly in the centre, he has denied the voters a choice. He keeps muttering on about change, but what does it mean? He wants us to be part of a Conservative government; all of us playing our part in our communities. Fine words, but unless you articulate a definite, cohesive plan, how are you going to sell it? Can anyone give me a reason to vote Conservative at this election, other than Cameron is not Brown? For too many voters he may not be Brown, but there is more than a passing resemblance to Tony Blair. Why isn’t Cameron telling us the truth about the size of government debt and the cuts that will have to fall? Most of the public seem to be in denial about this, and Cameron doesn’t do too much to jolt them out of this collective state of inertia. Tell us the truth and we would have more respect for him. We are sick and tired of being lied to.

It’s all too late now, unless he can pull a rabbit out of the hat. I can’t see how he will do it, but as I said at the beginning, a week is a long time in politics, and who knows what may happen? There is still more than two weeks to go before the nation decides.


Man in a Shed said...

I think what is needed is a very brave line on the Lib Dems.

The Lib Dems, as always, want to have it both ways with a potential coalition with either major party.

We should rule this out and say we will rule as a minority govt if necessary, present a budget and resign if its not past.

This would remove at one stroke the attractiveness of the Lib Dems.

It would be brave - we have to accept we may lose if we do it - but I think by fearing defeat we could doom ourselves to it.

Andrew Allison said...

Thank you. At last a positive message. Not a 'how British is Clegg?' message, or some of the other pathetic attacks.

It's unlikely this situation will be turned around, but you should not die wondering.

Norfolk Blogger said...

The so called "brave line" is one that says "We won;t work with others", which is exactly why the Lib Dems are more interesting to voters. We don't rule out working with other people, sharing ideas, breaking the old "we are right and everyone else is wrong" system that voters do not like.

So yes, go for that line, but it may sideline you.

Andrew Allison said...

The Tories have to do something. The attacks on Nick Clegg have been stupid and silly. If you don't have a positive message to articulate then why should anyone vote for you?

It's a brave line and will probably not work, but at least it is fighting talk not based personal attacks.

James Higham said...

I've done my bit hitting the Lib Dems - it is the post with the most hits but one little blogger's actions are not going to be a drop in the ocean against what Cameron could have done with a bit of principle.

He will go down as one of this country's worst Tory leaders - and that's before he even begins.

Toque said...

Cameron lost my vote over the English Question. The Conservative Party should be sticking up for England but they're too interested in trying to win over Scotland.

I hope that they get no MPs in Scotland.

James Higham said...

They won't, Toque.

sw reaction said...

Heres an idea. Pull out of the EU for 5 years. Put an immediate halt to all immigration, then spread the current immigrant population more evenly throughout the country, (I actually have sympathy for the lib dems '3rd tier' proposal) with major tax incentives for businesses starting in sparse areas.

Then have a referendum on joining EU with a sensible immigration policy.

Tories aren't brave enough to do it. Yet they would walk the election.

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