As with every morning I popped into the news agents at the end of my road and picked up a copy of the Telegraph to read on the tube. On the front cover I was greeted by the powerful image of Lady Thatcher standing next to Gordon Brown outside number 10. To the right of the picture was a less than glowing piece about Cameron’s pledge for a radical green shake-up. Taken together of course a simple message is conveyed to the Party faithful – Cameron is not your guy.
But what of the effect on the Labour faithful? Paul Kenny, General Secretary of GMB union, labelled the visit by Thatcher as “a huge political mistake” which would do massive damage to the core Labour vote. But the reality is that whilst the Labour faithful won’t like anything about the visit they will nevertheless still vote for whoever, or indeed whatever, has a red rosette on it. The Labour base isn’t going anywhere.
The Conservative base on the other hand doesn’t know where to go; something Brown is acutely aware of.
As Iain points out in the post below his piece in the Telegraph today argues that Brown’s objective is to annihilate the Conservative Party – and given recent events, culminating in the Thatcher visit on the day the Quality of Life report came out, it’s difficult to disagree with that evaluation.
So, if as appears to be the case Cameron’s back is up against the ropes and he’s taking clunking fist after clunking fist from Brown, seemingly unable to defend against them, how does he get back into the fight? Iain quite rightly suggests Cameron needs to go on the attack. But any attack made needs to be coordinated; a flurry of wildly flung fists will only leave him open to a knockout blow. So if you were Cameron’s corner man, what would you advise him to do? Over to you…