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U-turns inspire little confidence in Cameron

I don’t quite understand anyone who praises the latest U-turn by our government, saying it shows that the coalition are listening to voters.

I would much rather have a government that actually knows what it is doing, and has confidence in itself. One that is able to deliver a Budget that is thought-through enough that the things it contains can come into fruition.

Not one that is so hapless and unsure of its own ability that it is willing to drop policies all over the place at the whim of an opinion poll or a few angry journalists. David Cameron’s PR background is showing through more and more, with evidence stacking up that all he really cares about is opinion polls, not what is best for this country in the long-term.

Even those who are natural supporters of the government are beginning to realise just how serious and damaging this behaviour is.

Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, says in his latest Telegraph blog that the sense of mission is draining away in Downing Street. “I gather that even Mr Cameron has started to wonder where his Government is going, and has been asking aides what his legacy will be,” he writes.

He later adds why this is particularly worrying: “Each U-turn may be trivial in itself, but there is a cumulative effect. They serve to devalue the word of the Prime Minister and, worse, the credibility of the Chancellor.”

So I for one am not happy about the latest U-turn, on this occasion delaying the rise on fuel duty. The majority of the public do not have available to them the insight to research and other key data and analysis that the government does. And if the government genuinely believed this policy was for the best for this country then it should have stuck to it, no matter how unpopular that decision may have been.

Of course, the other possibility is that there was not the meticulous planning behind this policy that there should have been before it was announced. And then subsequent research found that it wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Clearly, both of these situations are far from ideal, and I would hope for a lot better from a government – the supposed leaders of our country.

By Sophie Hudson


David Cameron disappoints as he meets Trevor McDonald

I just tried to watch a recording of lasts night’s ‘Trevor McDonald Meets David Cameron’ with an open mind. I wanted Cameron to pleasantly surprise me. It would be quite nice to suddenly realise I had a viable second option when thinking about who to vote for at the upcoming election.

However, the word ‘would’ still stands here, as I have finished watching the programme still utterly unconvinced by the Tory leader.

The man talks about how he is more than just airbrushed pictures and smooth talking and then he calls his wife his ‘secret weapon’. He says she is going to be ‘deployed’ during his election campaign and that in the run-up to May 6th we will be seeing more and more of her. I’m left baffled by what part of this he thinks will convince the watcher that this shows he has either substance or caring family values.

Constantly throughout the programme little of substance ever comes from Cameron’s mouth.

In one scene, we see a private phone conversation between him and his wife in the car as he is travelling home at night. Clearly the ‘father’ and ‘husband’ side of ‘Dave’ is attempting to be put across to the viewer.

But even the falseness of this attempt is badly hidden, as while ending the conversation, he tells his wife that he is just on the Marylebone road and so will be home any minute. He may as well have come off the phone, turned directly to the camera and told us that he wasn’t really even talking to anyone.

In another scene, he walks on to the stage before giving an important political speech to the sound of the Killers. What gets me about this particular gimmick is how tired it looks. The Killers aren’t even that big a deal any more. They’re not the hot band right now. He just still seems to think they are. He’s trying so dismally hard to be contemporary and yet he’s still lagging a couple of years behind.

The problem is, I just don’t trust the man. And not necessarily in the way that I think he’s lying or anything like that. I just wouldn’t put my faith in him or his intelligence to run this country.

And it’s not like we can even hope that he’s some kind of creative instead, who will suddenly unleash moments of brilliance upon the nation once elected.

In the documentary he talks about ‘trying’ to have plenty of passion. Passion is not something you can ever ‘try’ to have. You either have it seeping helplessly through your bones or you don’t. Any attempt to muster some or more of it immediately renders it dead.

On so many levels I really did wish that today I would watch on as Cameron unveiled to us that actually he does have the substance, intelligence, wit and strength to lead our country. But unfortunately on all of these levels I have been disappointed. Right now my vote is still most certainly going to Labour.

By Sophie Hudson