Indeed, the snippets that the Telegraph carries indicate just how eager Brown is to deploy a green shoots strategy. It’s easy for him to predict falling unemployment next year – although even that’s not a cert – because we’ll probably be coming out of recession. He’ll want to claim credit for this and a thousand other signs of recovery. The Tories’ mission will be to point out how much of this is a charade; how we were routed in the race to recovery and suffered one of the world’s largest debt explosions in the process. So who will win out? Well, let’s just say that, after twelve years in power, Brown’s is by far the more difficult message to spin.
P.S. A classic “be careful what you wish for” moment from Brown here:
“In my life, I have learnt that there are only really two kinds of people. Those who think things can never change, and those who believe they have to. And I think the vast majority of British people are in the second camp.”