James Forsyth

Everything left to play for

Everything left to play for
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Today’s poll in The Times shows how much in flux British politics still is. A Tory optimist looking at it might rejoice that the party has breached 40 percent for the first time in a Populus poll. On the other hand, a pessimist might wonder why the party isn’t at 45 percent, the level at which support becomes almost self-sustaining, considering the number of rounds the government has discharged into its foot in recent weeks. Equally, a Labour backer inclined to see the glass as half full will be heartened to see that even after a disastrous few weeks, Labour remains above 30 percent and in sight of the Tories. While, someone looking at the glass as half empty would worry that Labour is down where it was at the fag-end of the Blair-era and with no recipe for recovery.

For Cameron, the challenge is to emerge as a Prime Minister in waiting. There are still areas of policy where he sounds a little too unsure for a potential PM. For instance, he sounded nervous and hesitant when talking about the housing market on the Today Programme this morning, only hitting his stride when asked about nationalising Northern Rock. As Tony Blair might say to him, a lot done, a lot left to do. 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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