Try to finish the sentence “I really want the Conservatives to win the next election because…” I certainly can’t – and to me, this encapsulates Cameron’s problem. Today’s voters want parties to do something for them, and the party without a practical purpose has no future. The good news is that, as Cameron stares at his evaporated opinion poll lead, he’ll by now realise his mistake.
Cameron is off on overseas adventures this week and to Brittany (by train, of course) afterwards. He’ll have much time to think about what’s gone wrong. And when he comes back, I suspect we’ll see a much-sharpened Tory battle machine.
PS – if any Coffee House readers can finish that sentence, please let me know.