“Unfortunately it showed the prime minister at his worst.
No one will be fooled by his attempt to create dividing lines where they don’t exist (Andrew Lansley may have slipped up but the Tories subsequently made very clear that the idea of 10 per cent cuts across departments - if the NHS budget is ringfenced - is based on existing Labour figures).
In doing so (accusing Cameron of a 'dogmatic' desire to cut investment) he looked simply desperate. As usual, he resorted to reeling off strings of figures, ignoring the fact that Labour’s own spending 'rises' in the coming years are nothing of the sort - if you strip out an expected rise in benefit payments and higher debt repayments.
As that Politics Home poll shows, the public aren’t convinced by Brown either. If Brown wants to double-down with this dividing line, he is going to destroy whatever is left of his credibility.