I think this [pre-emptive] counterpunch from Cameron against Brown's intelligence-insulting waffle, bluster and lies today is brilliant. Readers might disagree, but whatever you think about it, it's powerful politics that puts Brown firmly in his place. As Tory Outcast says, if nothing else, it is a perfect deconstruction of what appears to be Labour's only line of attack.
If I were a Labourist watching this, I would be very, very worried, not least because Cameron is sincere, comfortable in front of the camera and is starting to move with conviction on policy, whereas, by stark contrast, Brown looks tired, overwrought and increasingly desperate. He sounds shrill, unconvincing and seriously unpleasant. His negative, anti-Tory, campaign - and it looks like that really is all he has to offer - simply cannot compete with Cameron's earnest, though cautious, optimism. It's not even in the same division, politically.
"Britain is still great but badly damaged" after thirteen years of Labour failure and misrule is a powerful message that will be very, very difficult for Labour to challenge, given the scale of the economic disaster we are facing, thanks chiefly to Brown. (A 10.1% structural deficit, for instance, is unprecedented and has nothing to do with the recession, and everything to do with economic incompetence on a truly astonishing scale.)
When Brown laughably growls about the desperate need for "change" it plays right into Cameron's hands, as we can see from this webcast, because millions of people are likely to reach the same conclusion, given this government's cataclysmically terrible record on just about everything with which it has fiddled and meddled, and kick Brown and Labour decisively out.