17 December, 2008
With another poll showing the Conservative poll lead wilting faster than Eton’s wheezy boy rowing crew in the last 500m, Luke has an entire collection of recent polls which show the British people are less than impressed with the Conservative’s non response to the credit crunch.
My view is that while there may be some scepticism about the effectiveness of Government responses to the economic crises there is a recognition that the government is acting in circumstances which would be difficult for whichever party was in government while the conservative response is in the public mind so feeble as to go totally unnoticed. This is why Brown is leading on economic competence by 11 points and the tories should ditch Osborne.
Game on was also the main message from Jon Cruddas in the podcast he did for the IPPR which also features Labour blogger Rupa Huq, Martin Kettle and some IPPR bods. You can down load it for free here. He thinks that the credit crunch is going to rewrite politics and that the Labour left is going to split from the party. There was also a deeper thread about the authoritarianism of Labour in the last few years particulary post Iraq.
My view is that it is entirely the wrong course of action. Personal liberty is vital to modern social democracy and while there may be an occassional rogue poll that says the public support X measure at Y time. In the longer game it gives the Tories a great stick to beat us with, specific meaures tend not to be the most effective responses to policy problems as well as being inimical to Britain’s tradition of liberty. So stop it right now.