CLEAR blue water, it may be, but the bottom line is that the Tories have returned to the election-winning* policies of Hague and Howard.
However you dress it up, spending less than what the current spending plans allow for is a cut. It means a future Tory government will impose cuts in the health service, cuts on transport plans, cuts in education and local government budgets.
And for what reason? That’s right, to deliver a “long-term” tax cut.
But I think ‘Dave’ should be congratulated. He’s had enough of this “New Conservatives” rubbish, all this mealy-mouthed “reaching out” to the plebs sort of nonsense. His back benchers were getting sick and tired of it and who, anyway, believed that the man who devised the infamous “patient’s passport” for the 2005 manifesto – designed to drain billions of pounds out of the NHS and funnel it into the private health sector – could now pass himself off as a supporter of the NHS?
Far better that he’s honest about what the Tory party is actually about. It may not make him popular, but he may gain people’s respect for saying (somewhat belatedly) what he actually thinks.
The Tory party should feel much more comfortable now that they can embrace the rhetoric of Thatcher without having to apologise for it. Good for them!