Friday, April 16, 2010

David Cameron's not too hot, not too cold - he's just right

The public aren't blessed with Goldilocks' ability to give each of the parties' policies a spin before she settled for one set but the first Leaders Debate was meant to come close to that experience.

As assumed, the night was yet another episode of Westenders with the characters exchanging blows and jeers in the name of a debate. While Nick Clegg nodded and shook his head ferociously, whining like a scorned child, to Cameron's right, Brown stood grinning like the Cheshire cat as salt was thrown into his public record wounds. Cameron was a piggy in the middle, a gooseberry as the love-hate relationship between Nick and Gordon became more apparent. It seemed that the two men were having their first jitters as Nick furrowed his brow and denied any backroom action between the two. Clown to the left of him, joker on the side, David Cameron was stuck in the middle attempting to give justice to the word debate. He was calm, collected, listened for instruction and was respectable to his counterparts as they spoke.

But if live reaction polls are anything to go by, Cameron failed. Because his team of supporters didn't sit in a certain HQ, keen as mustard, clicking away to boost their leader's profile. The joke however was on Gordon as he stood, lies pouring from his mouth as he said he'd put more police on the streets (after being prompted by David), that our troops were well equipped, that "net inward migration" was being cut.(maybe that's the long suffering Brits who left for a life in Marbella!) If anyone now can still after seeing this spectacle, cross the box for Gordon, TTG would worry for their fitness to even vote. After 13 years of doing nothing, he has the courage to insist he's up for electoral reform - when it suits him. The party have called for a radical shake-up of politics when they were in short trousers, back in the days of them in Opposition. Yet they now say they'll do something about it, after 13 years of having the opportunity to do so.

Does this not tell you something about Labour? Can you trust their word when they have given us promises again and again and not delivered them?

On the opposite side of the coin, we have Clegg who has plenty of policies (some good, mostly bad) but none have any legs to them. They are not acheiveable. Even David Cameron himself said he'd love to give the public the ability to earn £10,000 before being taxed but he can't promise it because he knows he can't deliver it. Nick's class size idea is fantastic because it's true that kids perform better when there's more attention from their teachers. There are big class sizes not because of the schools, but because there are more children than there are seats. If we didn't have the demand and pressure of so many children to educate, then we could do this but we can't. Build more schools and independent ones which don't have class quotas with the Conservatives and you can achieve this.

Then there's Clegg's big idea of immigration: allow employers to recruit from Europe or elsewhere if they need a certain skill (perfectly acceptable) but they can only have freedom to work and roam in one region. TTG knows that Clegg has spent most of his life abroad sunning it up in Brussels and the like but has he noticed that it takes only 12 hours to get across one side of the country to another. What happens if a skilled doctor got a job in the North but lost it and couldn't find work in that region but there was an opening in London? Would he say that she can't work down South and would instead have to have no job? This barmy policy of the liberal army is hardly liberal.

We have a happy medium in David Cameron. He's not a preachy, screechy sancitmonious finger pointing politician like Gordon's friend, Nick and he's not a bolshy, cold, compassionless hardline man of politics willing to keep himself in a job at all costs like Gordon.

Do you want promises that are too overstretching and unachievable under the Lib Dems?

Or no promises at all, with Labour?

Or do you want the middle ground - the best of both worlds?

Cameron is the porridge that isn't too hot, the chair that isn't too big and the bed that is not too hard.

For a real choice, real policies, what you see is what you get with David Cameron.


Anonymous said...

I have to admit I missed the Leader's debate but surely the people polled, many who wouldn't have even have considered Clegg before the night, can' be that wrong. Clegg won by a massive majority which surely means he performed the best regardless of his policies and Cameron must not have performed that well if he wasn't that far ahead of Brown who apparently was dreadful.
I saw the closings and thought Cameron looked comfortable on camera but that shiny forehead with the five wrinkles was very off-putting.
Just a thought strategy wise why didn't Cameron take out the weak link Clegg, who is getting a boost by just turning up to the debates? Once Clegg is gone there's nobody to split the votes.

Sean said...

Really well written piece, although disagree with the content to an extent. Being a somewhat easy task for Clegg to come out in a good light, what he did well was play the other parties as just one big collective failure. Cameron failed if not through his debating style or the high expectations put upon him but also having to be the 'piggy in the middle.' 1-0-0 to Clegg but I'm sure Cameron will be back.

Anonymous said...

Love the way your raising your profile.