Incidentally, I am having dinner with Mr P tomorrow night. We're filming an episode of DINNER WITH PORTILLO. I promise to behave myself.
How should the Tories react? Until recently it was obvious that to avoid too much probing, they should align their economic policy with Labour’s, just as Brown in opposition pledged to stick to Conservative plans. Even now to deviate too far from Brown’s figures might simply invite again the question that has dogged the party at three elections: “What are you going to cut?” But can the Tories go on linking themselves to Brown now that his reputation for economic competence has been entirely lost?
It is not an easy call, but I think the Conservatives should continue to sit on their hands. Labour is destroying itself and the opposition should supply no distraction.
The draft Queen’s speech last week proved that Brown will appropriate any safe ideas that the Tories devise, but anything more radical could provide the prime minister with fuel for political recovery.
Cameron should relax and savour the prime minister’s discomfiture. That will put the Tory leader closely in touch with the mood of the nation.
He's right. Let Labour hang gradually themselves and use the time to work out a new approach to economic policy, which does not involve allying the Conservatives with a failed economic policy.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Michael Portillo is Right
Just so you don't think I am always unfair to Michael Portillo, may I recommend his Sunday Times column today, which is headlined KEEP QUIET, DAVE, AND LET GORDON BROWN WIN THE ELECTION FOR YOU. The column concludes with advice on how to react to Gordon Brown's difficulties...