So, what on earth is going on?
Things are starting to come right now on the economy. Too slow still, far too slow, but nevertheless it is turning around and for the first time in years we have actually seen forecasting revisions moving up.....
But as soon as the most important matter of the day starts to show signs of improvement we see Cameron swamped by other controversies. The big problem here is that this is all self-inflicted. Cameron as leader takes full responsibility for it.
He has screwed up the EU issue. OK, he has to placate the LibDems, for now, but he really has made a complete hash of it.
Then there is his idiotic pursuit of Gay Marriage.
And now we have 'loongate'.....
Cameron must take full responsibility for this. He is leader, he sets the tone, he appoints his no10 staff. It is he who has surrounded himself by these trendy 'liberal' metropolitan types with agendas that simply do not connect with the grass roots.
He needs to get a grip. Soon the coalition will end and we will get a period of minority Conservative Government, 6 months to a year leading up to the next general election. When that happens there will be no hiding place and he will need to act as a Conservative PM and leader, something he has not done since the coalition was formed. No longer will he be afforded the benefit of the doubt.
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BarryWAlexander. Dream on. In a way I almost wish you were right. Electoral reality gets in the way though.Today 08:39
Alexander DIt's too late, Barry. The Conservative-led Cabinet has shown its real face, and whose side they are on.
There is no turning back, they have gone too far!
Once UKIP take the lead in the opinion polls over the Conservative party, it will be Labour vs UKIP, and the Tory party will disappear.Yesterday 18:45
Brian Dixonmine are,but things get hazy with all these u-turns and in fighting.Yesterday 16:20
BarryWIs that where you go? I prefer local businesses myself.
In this though my eyes are open and there is a mass of evidence that backs me up. Are your eyes open to it?Yesterday 15:44
Lesley IvesBarry, I think Specsavers do a special test for Tunnel Vision.Yesterday 11:18
BarryWYes they are changing, they were changing when the polls suggested the SDP were going to destroy Labour.
But one thing never changes, the total incompetence of Labour, their spite and envy, their warped priorities.Yesterday 07:04
Lesley IvesTimes they are a changing........21 May 2013 20:34
BarryWLesley - it is very doubtful that UKIP will get any MPs at all. Do not be fooled by mid-term opinion polls. Remember the SDP and how that would destroy Labour...and they actually had MPs.....21 May 2013 20:09
Lesley IvesNever mind, I'm sure when the next coalition is formed, that is if UKIP let the minority tories join them in government, tho' being closest in policies to them I see no reason why not, this will solve all Camerons problems.21 May 2013 15:00
BarryWPhilip - I have been quite consistent. I have regularly been critising Cameron and Osborne for not standing up enough to the LimDems while understanding the constraints they are under.
Howard - you miss the point. That was not 'real' growth. What we need is real growth. That illusion has burst apart as it was always certain to happen. Just because people were foolish enough to think they were better off while living on a sea of debt is no comfort to them now they are paying the price. Fortunately most people have the sense to see the truth of that and are no longer being fooled by the Labour idiots excuses.20 May 2013 17:55
PhilipPThis latest piece from you, Barry, makes Camerons' U-turns seems somewhat more of a veer or drift to one side of the road. In the past whenever commenters have responded to your weekly defence of the Cameron you were consistent in your defence of him.
"A balanced view" on energy and environment springs to mind.
Latterly you shifted the blame onto the liberals but still you doggedly put out pieces which in the main lent support to the glorious leader.
Seems like the wool has been lifted from your eyes which always goes down well when a sinner doth repenteth.
Oh well, in the meantime kop a load of this which makes excellent reading especially the original piece from Booker and his estimation of Cameron and his friends.
http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=8390820 May 2013 16:58
howard mcsweeney1you're missing the point barry, at the time everyone felt better off illusionary or not, most people are experiencing a drop in their standard of living nowadays and they look at the government and see that they seem to be doing ok for themselves and m.p.'s are even pressing for a pay rise.20 May 2013 15:14
BarryWNo Howard - it did not work as that 'improved' standard of living was illusionary being driven only by a huge debt bubble and was therefore not sustainable. That bubble burst in 2007 when the downturn started and we are still fighting our way back.20 May 2013 13:20
howard mcsweeney1i have always maintained that dave based himself on tony blair and has the same excellent presentation skills. blair surrounded himself with the islington set and dave similarly with the chipping norton crowd.
in both cases distancing themselves from the peasants, the difference is that people were enjoying an improved standard of living under blair so it worked.20 May 2013 12:16
Lesley IvesBe Brave Barry, who would you replace him with?20 May 2013 10:37
David LittleGood analysis Barry, I think he's hidden behind the libs for too long. UKIP have scared the life out of tory supporters, as I said to you a while back, true tories such as yourself and Paul Watkins have far more affinity with UKIP than Cameron's lot.20 May 2013 09:14