James Forsyth

Cameron plans to lighten up

Cameron plans to lighten up
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David Cameron’s interview with Tim Shipman suggests that the Tory leader is about to undergo a course correction. The Tories have, rightly, begun to be frank with the public about the cuts that will need to be made and have, again rightly, refused to rule out a short-term rise in VAT. But the ‘we’re all in this together’ rhetoric has only been applied to the tough measures that are needed now not the prosperity that might follow in years to come.

If Cameron is to start showing the public more of his vision of where he wants to take Britain then that is to be welcomed. But he also needs the rest of his top team to communicate to the public what the consequences of carrying on spending massively more than the country earns would be.