Jonathan Freedland is correct: Labour need to start asking tough questions of the Tories. It isn’t ‘negative’ to expose the paucity of your opponents arguments. The media are allowing David Cameron a free ride as he keeps his head down, popping up only occasionally with banal soundbites like “new Labour is dead” (he surely cannot understand what joy those words bring to so many of us). But in a week when violent crime on the streets and rising fuel prices have dominated the news headlines if the Tories are we should focus on what the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition has had to offer. Instead, as Johann Hari observed,
Cameron is benefiting from a growing gap in British politics. While the Labour government’s flaws are (rightly) ripped from its stomach and left out in the sun for all to see, Cameron is being waved through with a cheery smile. He has not been subjected to even the gentlest frisking to check for sharp-edged policies.
The overwhelming number of Conservative MPs, never mind the electorate, don’t want to ‘hug-a-thug’… they want to thrash them within an inch of their lives before locking them up and throwing away the key. Posing alongside huskies with a daft grin on your face is good for the photographers, but tell us, David, what are the Conservative proposals for dealing with the issue of rising world oil prices? From what I recall of Gummer and the boy Goldsmith’s Quality of Life stuff they were advocating higher car tax for the larger and more polluting vehicles… is that still your way forward?
Try typing in ‘Cameron fuel crisis’ in to google and see what response you get. Of course, it is the Government’s job to govern, and the opposition’s job to expose their frailties, but as we get closer to a general election David Cameron is going to have to get off the fence, and Conservatives will be watching him just as closely as the electorate.