James Forsyth

The terms of debate have changed

The terms of debate have changed
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Listening to David Cameron being interviewed on the Today Programme this morning, I was struck by how nearly all the questions came from the right. Cameron was pushed to say that more things would have to be cut, that he would scrap the 50p tax rate and that he would take the opportunity this crisis presents to be radical.

These questions are a result of the positions that Cameron has taken but it is still striking that the BBC chose to ask them. There does now seem to be a general appreciation that cuts will have to be made and that the questions should be about where and how big they should be. It all leaves Yvette Cooper in an extremely exposed position when she tries to deride Cameron’s cautious approach to the cuts questions as not just mad but dangerous.”

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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