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Mr Gloom and Mr Sunshine [Oct. 7th, 2009|02:15 pm]
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The Tories have a tricky balancing act at their conference this week: how to sell an "age of austerity" without looking too austere. They know they also have to offer people a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, and give a vision of what the sunny uplands might look like after a Tory Government had tackled Britain's debt crisis.
There's a lot of chatter in the bars here in Manchester about George Osborne playing the role of Mr Nasty yesterday when he outlined his £23bn package of spending cuts, to allow David ("let sunshine win the day")Cameron to be Mr Nice in his keynote speech tomorrow.
Osborne might not be too delighted about that, though he has joked about being the most unpopular man in Britain if the Tories win power. Not good for a potential future party leader and prime minister (as Gordon Brown discovered when he was a gloomy shadow Chancellor and Tony Blair shone as shadow Home Secretary).
In a foretaste of his speech, Cameron said today there would be a "bright future" for the country after it comes through the crisis. Of course, he cannot appear to be him at odds with Osborne and so will have to prescribe the same unpalatable medicine. But watch out for a few rays of sunshine tomorrow.

From: john_b_ellis
2009-10-07 08:16 pm (UTC)


To judge from Jon Snow's interview with a clutch of voters in Ruth Kelly's marginal Bolton West, this Tory line from Osborne is a bit of an exercise in tight-rope walking.

The consensus seemed to be that they thought Labour was tired and out of ideas, and that Cameron seemed honest; but, confronted with the medicine on offer from Osborne, there was a perceptible tendency, in immediate reaction, to stick with Labour.

The Lib Dems weren't even in the picture, but then Bolton's not been a good place for them ...