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Cameron says sorry; shame about Brown [Mar. 13th, 2009|03:52 pm]
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A very significant speech by David Cameron to the British Chambers of Commerce in Birmingham about now. The Tory leader is apologising for not seeing Britain's debt crisis coming. A clever piece of positioning since he wasn't in government. He is, sort of, saying sorry on behalf of Gordon Brown, who is refusing the pleas to accept more responsibility for the economic crisis, which are coming from some Cabinet ministers as well as the Tories.
Cameron admits the Tories did not do enough to warn about rising coporate debt, banking debt and borrowing from abroad, and were wrong to base their spending plans on the good times lasting forever. He insists that all parties signed up to this "cosy economic consensus" including the Liberal Democrats. (That's clearly an attempt to remove the halo shining deservedly over Vince Cable's head, but it won't work).
By admitting his party got some things wrong, the Tory leader hopes that: 1. he will win the voters' respect and trust to put things right 2. Brown will look remote and in denial and will be easier to convince people the crisis was home-grown (at least in part) rather than "made in America" as Brown asserts. Clever stuff. Labour will doubtless rubbish the speech before the ink is dry. Privately, some senior Labour figures will agree with Cameron's line: "It is only by being honest about the past that we can get things right for the future."

[User Picture]From: mike4626
2009-03-13 07:49 pm (UTC)

Brilliant Politics

same Mr Brown is not so astute
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From: board_member
2009-03-13 08:33 pm (UTC)

Neat Dance Moves

Very impressive stuff from Cameron. However, I think a new era of suspicion regarding politicians is developing. Cameron can't square history completely. What the current situation reminds us most of is actually the tories' own era of 80s/90s boom and bust.. well within living memory.

I agree with Grice about LibDems' Vince Cable. I think that halo is well deserved, frankly. And the LibDems were the only main party to oppose the Iraq invasion as well. Can we feasibly perceive a pattern of wisdom and foresight in both politics and economics, that actually belongs exclusively to the LibDems?

They say that it's a mistake (even a sign of insanity) to repeat the same action, expecting the result to change. Maybe after a century of left-right pendulum politics in the UK, it's time we learned our lesson and tried something different.
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[User Picture]From: vhawk1951
2009-03-13 11:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Neat Dance Moves

Cameron might at least have the good grace to say that the blessed Vince was right all along, but it was a neat move to do his mea culpa even if he has made himself a bit of a hostage to fortune
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