Alas, Brown’s electoral language is more sobre – a mixture of platitudes and invective. The Tories are “hateful” and “rich”, whilst Labour stands for ‘the many not the few’, a ‘stable recovery’ and ‘protecting jobs’. Expect precious little detail beyond the vague promise of ‘prosperity not austerity’.
Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men – in reality Brown will bequeath austerity to posterity. The Tories want to make light of this. Labour’s clunking tactics, trailed across the media weeks before the event, enables the opposition to rain on Brown’s parade. Paul Waugh has received an email purportedly from the Birmingham University Conservative Future organisation, which seems to have been cajoled by CCHQ into holding a rally next to Brown’s launch. Providing the email is genuine and that the rally is not just a few masked students, you must conclude that the Tory operation is sharper than Labour’s.