Posts Tagged 'Radio 4'

Cameron on R4 and R5

An accomplished performance from Cameron obviously mostly about the expenses farce. It’s always uncomfortable dealing with the rants, sometimes rambling, of John Humphreys and of the great British public. He was very quick to respond in a reasonable fashion. Clearly welll coached but I was impressed.
The interview/phone-in moved on to the general election. Cameron pressed again for a July election, an event not seen since 1945 (clearly an extraordinary time) and before that 1902. He also refused to criticise the Speaker. It’s not clear if this is a case of disinterested, uninterested or Machiavellian.

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David Cameron on Radio 4

Evan Davis was trying to land a blow on DC but DC held firm.
It started with an attempt to make DC admit that we would have to raise taxes and/or cut spending. DC quite rightly concentrated on the big picture.
There followed an attempt to undermine the right’s raison d’etre whereby capitalism has been undermined and socialism is the best way, you know the drill. But DC kept to the script being somewhat smart after the fact, claiming parliamentary unity at this time of crisis whilst landing the odd party political blow.
Again ED tried to corral DC on tax but he evaded and stayed calm. Since taxes will probably have to be raised before he gets to power, it was the approach that I would recommend. Who needs newspaper headlines of ‘Tories to raise taxes’ when Gordon will have to do it for you (by stealth or otherwise)?
Moving on to spending, DC was well versed on where he could cut spending on advertising, consultancy fees, I’d cards etc. ED again tried to admit that this was impossible to to guarantee from the outside.
DC was overall very competent, rightly pointing out that the Great Depression was caused by the actions after the banking crisis and that is something that globally we must concentrate one. One can’t help but feel that John Humphreys would have been a much better opponent, in his smug comfortable leftie kind of way,  but you can only beat the opponent opposite you.
In summary DC had a good appraisal of his brief, kept his cool, and stayed focused. However there will be far harder tests to come.

This has all blown the Conservatives’ economic planning out of the water. I have to agree with their policy of keeping their head down whilst emitting the odd sniping remark. On can’t publish a revamped policy today which will be turn apart by tomorrow’s crisis. it is the advantage of the opposition to have thinking time, the advantage of the government to show they have experience and can cope, the been there done it attitude.

One hopes that the calls for tax cuts can now be put to bed, and that a sustainable tax and spend model for the medium term can be forged out of this crisis. This is an opportunity for the Tories to shape economic policy for years to come regardless of who is in power. It is however an extremely onerous task


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