Saturday, February 06, 2010

This wasn't a wobble for the Tories, but a fiasco - Telegraph



There is no point in trying to minimise what happened to the Tory party last week. That was no wobble, it was a fiasco. It was not a casual semantic slip that made David Cameron appear to renege on what has been the most significant difference between his party and Labour. What he did was to state quite explicitly that Tory policy on public spending cuts had gone from radical and immediate to "certainly not swingeing".

This looked like – and indeed was, if Mr Cameron is to be taken at his word – a major loss of political nerve. It is difficult to assess which aspect of it was more damaging: the actual substantive change of policy, which suggests that he is truly out of touch with reality on the need for drastic spending cuts, or the terrible presentational effect of such a climbdown, which will tend to confirm the suspicion that he will not stand by any principle that puts his popularity at risk.


This wasn't a wobble for the Tories, but a fiasco - Telegraph
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