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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Who's Sorry Now?

It should come as no surprise to anyone that most Tories are hypocrites.

But I find it particularly galling that David Cameron has chosen to "apologise" for the Conservative Party's failure to identify the problems in the economy over the past ten years.

In the last few days, the Tory leader has admitted that the Party had not done enough to warn people about the rising levels of debt and borrowing. He said that the Thatcher and Major governments should shoulder some of the blame for the crisis.

But wasn't it the Conservatives who repeatedly criticised the Labour government for too much regulation of the City and business? If we had done what they wanted, goodness knows where would we be now.

After all, Cameron was one of Norman Lamont's special advisers - an arch de-regulator. And I didn't hear him complain about any of this when the good times were rolling.

He may be right to point out that many of our economic difficulties relate to weaknesses that have been there for decades, but in a Tory leader, who once used to advise the government, this sounds pretty hollow and hypocritical.

If he thinks that his so called mea culpa will build trust with the electorate he is politically naive. It only serves to further expose the weakness of the Tory position now.

The Conservatives have been all over the place since the credit crunch hit. They don't know whether to shift left or right, be pro-regulation or anti-regulation.

They don't know whether to pin blame on Labour for the credit crunch or accept some of the responsibility for it themselves.

They don't know whether to stand up for the rich (mostly their chums) or defend the poor.

They don't know whether to be the tough party of law and order and fiscal conservatism, or the party of green taxes and wellbeing.

In short, they don't know what they're doing.

This is not a man with a plan.

All too often, Tory attacks are strident and angry - but not in a good way. There have been times when Cameron, Osborne and the other highly strung members of the shadow front bench team have worked themselves up into a near state of hysteria. They often act and sound like a rabble.

This is not a Party ready for government.

This means there is a good chance that Labour can expose the essential problem at the heart of Tory strategy:

Cameron doesn't know where he stands on the major issue of the day - the economy.

While he is flapping about trying to come up with some ideas about what to do, the Prime Minister must put the knife in and attack the Tories with renewed force.

He needs to expose their weaknesses, undermine the individuals and attack their half baked policies.

This is the path to re-election and it is one which Gordon Brown must follow.

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