Interesting Party Election Broadcasts last night, the Tories were fear-mongering that coalition government would be all about backroom deals and horse-trading. This is of course what is conventionally known as ‘politics’. In the Tory broadcast a Clegg-like actor walked around Westminster offering dithering. Apparently if you vote Conservative you will get a decisive liberal-conservative government firmly rooted on the centre-ground of politics. If you vote Liberal on the other hand you could end up with a dithering liberal-centrist coalition government.
In the real LibDem PEB we had Clegg walking around Westminster offering change from the old politics, his first promise was an offer of “tax freedom”, a tax cut worth £700 to every taxpayer. Now 10 points higher than where they were when they started the campaign, the LibDems think their most attractive manifesto offer is a tax cut.
Tax cuts, the Cameroons told us, were the old politics that didn’t work with voters. All the Tories needed to do was to offer Obama-style “change” from Gordon Brown. In the words of Sarah Palin: How’s that hopey change thing working out for y’all?