|Trust me, says Cameron
||[Oct. 8th, 2009|03:52 pm]
Today in Politics
"I'm Dave, trust me." That was David Cameron's message in his closing speech to the Tory conference in Manchester. He admitted: "You can never prove you're ready for everything that will come your way as prime minister." And he argued that character, temperament and judgement mattered more than manifestos and policies.
His audience loved it, not least because his two recurring themes were 1. for everyone --government and people-- to show responsibility, and 2. that Labour's "big government "approach has reached the end of the road. Defining what a Conservative Government would stand for, he said: "If you take responsibility, we will reward you, and if you cannot, we will look after you."
In a sober,serious, joke-free but personal address, the Tory leader tried to deflect growing Labour attacks on his background. "I want every child to have the chances that I had," he said. He wanted state schools to be as good as private schools.
It certainly worked in the hall. Tory representatives agreed that their leader "ready" to be PM. Labour will now go into overdrive to persuade the voters otherwise. I suspect Labour's line of attack will be to claim that the Tories are reverting from compassionate Conservatism to Thatcherite type, and using the debt crisis as an excuse to roll back the state (ie leaving vulnerable people to sink or swim). So another election dividing line is clear: big government versus small government.
Didn't Tony utter those words just before the start of the Iraq invasion?
If we put blind trust in our political leaders we are abandoning our
duty as citizens of a democracy. Though we must acknowledge that
policies are based on projections, and nobody knows the future,
we should not just take things on trust but insist that our leaders back their proposals with good arguments.
a woman on the telly said why is it always the working class who bear the brunt of the cuts?-
-there's people out there with yachts and villas and I thought, yes love, one Peter Mandelson springs to mind on the villa stakes- a £2.5 mullion one about which he is awfully coy-I wonder why?-time for the Indie to do some good, old-fashioned investigative journalism if it has the guts- have you Ed?
2009-10-08 09:22 pm (UTC)
Labour or Lavatories = Cancer or Cholera. The choice is yours.
Not much of a choice for poor British people who keep being ripped off by one government after another.... and they love being humiliated. They believe anything they see on TV.