Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Party of Everyone

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.



  1. Ultimately, this is why he'll succeed at the election. He's just better at being prime ministerial than Brown.

  2. When push comes to shove, that is precisely the point. It's one of the reasons why I think the polls are flattering Labour and the general election will see a conclusive, decisive victory for the Conservative Party. The Brown Factor will ensure it. Thank God, at least in that, political sense, the PLP jellyfish didn't have the collective guts to oust him when they had the chance.

    In terms of the nation, however, the continued presence of Brown as chief of general wrecking operations has set us back, I reckon, a decade. I hope David Cameron realises this fact, and feels up to the challenge.

    The more I hear him, though, the more impressed I am - and the more I think he is.

  3. Any lingering sympathy that I might have had for Dave has been dispelled by him insisting upon women only shortlists having failed to learn from the obvious lessons of Blairs Babes.
    Having said that I daresay the Tories will win but perhaps not so comfortably as they might like.

  4. One issue - and minor. But, I admit, it is an issue.

    As for your personal dislike of Cameron, banned, of what possible relevance is that? The Tories must win: another month of Brown would be a catastrophe, let alone five years.

    Or perhaps you disagree.

  5. I have no personal dislike of Cameron, my dislike is for his sad attempt to appeal to everyman al la Blair when what is required is a return to so-called rightwing values, see Bring On The Revolution @Grumpy Old Twat


Any thoughts?