Why you should fear the do-nothing party


by Ala
25th April, 2009 at 1:02 pm    

Martin Kettle makes a very crucial point in the Guardian: this isn’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 – and plenty of potential Tory voters – 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, they’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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  1. MaidMarian — on 25th April, 2009 at 1:16 pm  

    Ala – Yes, fair comment.

    I would suggest that the reason for the Tory silence is that many of the things that have brought us to where we are were either a) popular with a large number of voters or b) things they would have done themself. Or both.

    The tories had no problem with house price hyper-inflation, they would not have second guessed banks’ excessive lending. They certainly would not have imposed debt restrictions on people and I certainly could not see the tories reigning in bankers excess.

    The tories are ramping up anger, and are doing an OK job, but as New Labour found out, those who live by anger and very easily die from it. Promising an end to boom and bust was always likely to come back to haunt Labour.

    There is a perfectly good argument for cuts, but the Conservatives seem a bit reluctant to go down that route. At the moment, thier entire argument is, ‘there’s a recession, and we aren’t in power.’

    I suspect that the Conservatives don’t have to say anything for the moment, but they have that luxury for about six months more only. Then some will start asking questions as that election gets close.

  2. Boudicca — on 25th April, 2009 at 1:31 pm  

    The electorate has already decided. Labour has betrayed the British people and the corruption and sleeze within the Government is now common knowledge.

    Gordon Brown’s video the day before about MPs expenses – in which he did a marvellous, but presumably unintended, dual impression of Bill(or Ben) meets The Joker – was an atrocious piece of spin. It was intended to deflect attention from the Budget and put Cameron on the wrong foot. It failed. It simply showed very clearly that Brown has no communication skills, is media-illiterate, is partisan and is incapable of putting aside Party matters for the greater good of the country. Reports are that during the subsequent meeting he held with Cameron and Clegg, Gordon Brown blamed Cameron for the electorate’s anger over the issue of MPs expenses because Cameron had the nerve to ask questions about it at PMQs. So nothing to do with Smith, McNulty and others pocketing vast sums of money as a result of highly dubious expenses claims then ….. all the fault of Cameron raising the matter with the PM!

    And now we have been presented with a dishonest and quite possibly fraudulent Budget. The figures simply don’t add up. The assumptions made about the depth of the depression and future growth come straight from the Alice in Wonderland book of economics and yet Gordon Brown grinned manically during Darling’s speech and Cameron’s response. There is every reason to suspect that our Prime Minister may be suffering from some form of mental illness.

    The Tories don’t need to spell out their plans yet – and in fact they can’t. They (just like the Government) have no idea how bad things are going to be come next June. The fact is, everyone knows that public spending is going to have to be cut after the election (it should have been cut now). The difference is only going to be where the cuts are made and the scale. But Labour won’t be able to run an election campaign comparing Labour ‘investment’ with Tory cuts. There IS no money to invest.

    The Tories are doing the right thing. They are pointing out the Governments catalogue of failings – and letting the deeply flawed man in No.10 dig his own grave. Which he’s doing very well.

  3. Silent Hunter — on 25th April, 2009 at 1:50 pm  

    Well said Boudicca.

    Why the hell would anyone vote for a manifestly corrupt and sleazy Labour Party who are hell bent on removing our freedom of speech and the right to protest?

    Unless of course they’re as corrupt as Labour clearly are.

    Maidmarion:

    You seem to have changed your tune yet again!

    First you thought Labour were great – then when continually confronted by their abject sleaze, you said that even you would prefer to see them lose the election.

    So have they offered you money to blog for them? LOL

  4. oldrightie — on 25th April, 2009 at 1:52 pm  

    Every single attack on The Tories is from a wasteland of ideaology gone wrong. Labour are stranded in no man’s land and anyone with a modicum of common sense will not go near them for fear of their own lives.

  5. Ala — on 25th April, 2009 at 2:01 pm  

    Brown being media-illiterate is a compliment to him. I’d much rather our leaders were straight-foward than media-savvy.

    The Tories can at least make suggestions as to what to do now if they were in power, but they won’t because they want to win an election, and it seems they care more about that than any economy.

  6. Boudicca — on 25th April, 2009 at 3:29 pm  

    Brown is neither media-literate nor straight-forward.

    Like it or not, it is now necessary for a Prime Minister to be able to present him/herself in a professional manner via modern media. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are not being straight-forward, it just means they understand how to present themselves reasonably well on TV (ie. without looking like a demented villain from a Batman cartoon strip.)

    Not only are Brown’s communication/media skills hopeless, he is also the least straight-forward of any Chancellor/Prime Minister in living memory. His Budgets (and this one was no exception) were master-classes in spin and obfuscation.

    As for “the Tories can at least make suggestions as to what to do now if they were in power, but they won’t because they want to win an election and it seems they care more about that than any economy.”……….

    So what do you think was the purpose of this deceptive and as I said earlier, possibly fraudulent Budget. Do you seriously think Brown put the needs of the COUNTRY over his desire to be relected! Brown’s only raison d’etre is to be Prime Minister. The sad fact is that he was allowed to become PM without undergoing any kind of Democratic selection process and has since conclusively proven that now he is PM, he hasn’t a clue how to run the country.

    Neither the greater good of the country nor rescuing the economy appear to feature much in Brown’s heirarchy of aspirations. His main ambition appears to be international recognition as some kind of economic genius (don’t all laugh at once) and clinging onto power in the UK for as long as he possibly can.

  7. Cjcjc — on 25th April, 2009 at 3:30 pm  

    Brown is toast.

    And if you think he is straight I would hate to see something bent.

    Cuts are inevitable.
    Hell, Darling’s own budget is cutting spending after interest and some other fixed stuff by 2% pa in real terms from 2011.
    That was hidden away and he has said even less than the Tories about where those cuts will fall.

  8. Jabez Foodbotham — on 26th April, 2009 at 2:50 pm  

    Since both Brown and Darling who have presided over this mess refuse to say where expenditure might be cut to help us out of it, it is a bit rich demanding that the opposition who don’t even know yet where all the bodies are buried should lead by example.

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