Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Alistair Darling, George Osborne & Vince Cable: The TV Debate
Alistair Darling, George Osborne & Vince Cable had their TV debate and it was the latter who came out on top. Alas, Mr Cable hasn't a hope in hell's chance of becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer, so he can say and promise anything he likes, most of the time without any real challenges from the pundits and media, as happened the other night.
However, if his party do link up with the Tories, he will likely be part of the Treasury team in some way or another. I can't help feeling though, that behind the reasonableness of the LibDems, there is an intolerance fighting to get out and real power can be both depressing and corrupting. Doing and saying are two different scenarios.
The other two are under enormous scrutiny and it does appear that, against all the odds, Boy George did a good job in presentation, style and a hint of substance. Mr Darling, who has gained in confidence since Gordon chickened out firing him, didn't do too bad either, although his delivery at times did sound like the man the MOD employed during the Falkland war.
It is still astounding that Labour are in with a chance of winning the battle and the reluctance of voters to wholeheartedly back David Cameron and his team, could prove difficult for a Conservative government to make unpopular changes. Unlike Gordon & Co., who appear to do it without blinking.
A Cameron administration will have enormous problems in tackling the mountain of debt and one wonders how it will cope when the focus groups and private polls tell them they are veering towards the unpopular. Will David Cameron hold firm? In addition, which member of the Tory team will be strong enough to stand up to the Unions, who are already muscle-flexing?
There is a concern that, although change is what's required, Cameron and his team do not understand or share the aspirations of the majority of people within the country. The fear is that decisions, especially economic ones, will be made without realising the impact on those who don't have a bank account, never mind the skills or opportunities that an Eton education brings.
True or not, the perception is that once in power, a Conservative government will quickly gravitate towards the establishment institutions, especially financial. Then, there is the spectre of the Daily Mail and its born-again ally, The Sun, being fed ammunition on a regular basis to attack the less fortunate, over and over, followed by some minor law to deal with the situation.
Simplistic maybe, but on such thoughts are votes cast.