The news that Cameron admitted at the Lord Mayor`s banquet that he has no intention of "resuming spending once the structural deficit" has been removed must be the opportunity Labour leaders have been waiting for, to be exploited by Miliband and co.,as they begin the 2015 election campaign. Their need to focus on this is obvious because it not only illustrates exactly the difference between the Tory and Labour ideologies, but also the duplicity of a conservative-dominated coalition government, whose "economy with the truth", as exemplified here by the contrast with what Cameron said in 2010, that the cuts were out of necessity rather than "some ideological zeal", is approaching legendary status.
The Tory aim of "a leaner, more efficient state" will take the country further back to the days of laissez-faire, when the weakest in society were exploited, rather than protected by a welfare state; the rights gained by the working people in the twentieth century, to equality of opportunity in education, free healthcare, collective bargaining and employment, social housing and all the benefits provided in a fair civilisation, will not exist in Cameronland with no public spending, and Miliband ,Balls and the rest need to say it again and again. Failure to do so would be a dereliction of their duty.
Improved ratings in opinion polls since the promise of an energy price freeze should send a message to the Labour leaders that bold policies, taking on tax avoiders, bankers` bonuses and privateers, are more in tune with the current mood of a public, increasingly disenchanted by expense-claiming politicians. Most people clearly would prefer to hear about fair taxation or retaining the East Coast line in public ownership than about free schools, performance related pay, and other policies too similar to Tory ones for their own good. Disillusionment with politics is often a result of parties and policies resembling each other too closely, and Cameron`s announcement provides an opening too good to be missed.