It's Friday so time for a Why oh Why piece....
What was Cameron doing in Sweden yesterday discussing old people working and a 'Golden Skirt' policy to get women in the Boardroom. How is this helping the economy and the Country?
What was he doing copying Ed Milliband in the ill-thought out attack on Stephen hester's bonus...allowing a traditional media witch-hunt to grow out of control?
What happened to the plans for growth and credit easing?
What are there apparently advanced discussions (don't ask for source citiation on this one, confidential) on some kind of Mansion/Council tax deal on big houses in return for an earlier move to a higher tax free allowance?
The attacks on business are legion. You would think were you a foreigner coming to Britain in the last few weeks that a die hard socialist Government was in charge desperate to please its constiuents by making vainglorious attacks on evil capitalism.
But no, allegedly we have Coalition government of Orange Book Liberals and Tories. This is not how they are acting though. Personally, I think Cameron has chosen the Blair strategy of ignoring the right entirely not on idoelogical grounds, but purely becuase it plays to the 'centre.' Which tells me the internal polls at no10 are saying a defeat in the next General election is likely and i would agree with that for different reasons. So now we have sham policies attacking the wealthy and perceived social injustices in the workplace - all good for getting left leaning votes. Clearly, as with Blair Cameron thinks that Tunbridge Wells is going to vote Blue no matter what he does, so he may as well focus on his appeal the Streatham omnibus folk.
There is of course a small hole in this strategy, as Blair found, the core can move and can be eroded - to the point where it is too small to campaign or support or care. Business too, the backers of the Tories, have little incentive to back this populist nonsense; where will the donations come from?
And of course, with no economic recovery there can be no election win.Full Stop. The desperation to focus on anything-but-the-economy has to be the wrong strategy.
It's interesting though and cuts to the hear tof why I started writing this blog in 2006 - which triumphs, Politics or Economis?