Martin Kettle makes a very crucial point in the Guardian: this isnâ€™t 1997, this is a global recession of unprecedented proportions. Tory sound-bites are propelling them in the polls and will likely gain them victory in the next general election. But then what? They need to state clearly what they plan to do about the current crisis.
As Martin Kettle notes:
There are still plenty of senior Tories who see the current Labour overspend as a huge opportunity to press for a far more ideologically driven cuts agenda than Cameron â€“ and plenty of potential Tory voters â€“ would like. The public is entitled to know which Tory approach it is buying and, the longer the answer is denied, the more suspicious they have a right to be.
Apart from keeping suspiciously quiet and giving the media an endless supply of platitudes, theyâ€™ve done the normal opposition thing and opposed every Labour move. This means that where Labour have U-turned, on public spending for instance, so have they, yet no one seems to have a problem with this. They are using this crisis as a stepping stone to power, yet offering no solutions -apart from leaving everything to market forces which got us into this mess in the first place
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