Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Simon Heffer is still not happy with the Cameroons.

We are often told that George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, is the most significant figure on the Conservative front bench. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king....

With an open goal to kick into on Monday, and with an abject and defeated Chancellor of the Exchequer opposite him, Mr Osborne turned in a sub-undergraduate performance. The reedy, irritating timbre of his voice can be placed to one side if he has something serious to say, but there was the problem. His own policy - or selection of policies - on Northern Rock is hardly credible.... all Mr Osborne could supply was hysteria and name-calling.... suggested naivety and vacuity...

At times like this, Mr Cameron's desire to pursue style rather than substance is exposed....

Not often I agree with Simon, but he's on the money with those comments - apart from the line about the Chancellor being defeated.

Those with long memories may recall Cameron's victory speech, where he declared himself

fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing.

We've seen very little else from the Tories apart from this sort of behaviour. While Cameron and Osborne think that they are being so very clever in the chamber, I suspect that they just come across as smug, over-confident smart arses. Gordon was exactly right with his 'student politics' jibe. As Chris Paul puts it

Tories are looking nasty. Wild-, nay swivel-eyed. The louder they wail the more their toff in-breeding comes to the surface.

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