Still, Osborne produced a very good speech at the Tory Conference yesterday. A little short on optimism, but long on detail and reality. In many ways I am sure it will be seen as changing the terms of the debate, just like his tax cut speech of 2007 called off an election.
In political terms, the man is a great strategist, whether this translates to having a good grasp of a department I do not know. Mandelson and Blair do not give us good recent historical precedents.
The key decisions in the Tory proposals are nowhere nearly enough to sort the Country's fiscal mess out, but they do mark the change to the realisation that dramatic action needs to be taken over the next 5 years (next year actions must be more limited so as not to exacerbate the double dip recession). The swan dive of the Pound at the moment suggests radical action is needed to avoid the IMF coming in to bail us out and set the agenda.
I can't see how Labour can really respond to this Tory mantra other than by lying to the electorate even more; eventually this will come unstuck and it is likely that it will do so before mid-2010 as the economy slides back again or at best bumbles along with very low real growth and growing unemployment.
The boy done good.