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Matt Walsh: Solid performance from Dave. Just too little too late


A round of applause for the Prime Minister who has finally woken up and smelt the general election.

Cameron put in the performance of the night, replicating the same vigour he demonstrated back in 2005 which won him the Tory leadership in the first place.

The choice put to the electorate last night couldn’t be clearer. Our next Prime Minister will either be David Cameron – a statesmanlike figure who can handle himself at the highest level, or Ed Miliband – a radical leftist who will put his dedication to socialism over what is best for Britain.

Miliband’s insistence that the last Labour Government DID NOT overspend will have seriously concerned anyone capable of even the most basic mathematics.

Ed Miliband is not a stupid man, in fact, to his credit, he is a very clever man. However he is a left wing intellectual who is not a natural leader.

If his attempts to lead Britain fail (God willing), he will make an excellent academic where he can discuss the benefits of Marxism until the cows come home.

Cameron’s performance last night was commendable but it has come too late. The Tories have relied too heavily on Ed Miliband’s shortcomings and ignored the need to regain traditional Tory votes who have flocked to UKIP and to no one.

Labour is polling at between 30 and 34 per cent and the Tories are unlikely to chip much of this away. That said, the Tories should continue negative campaigning, specifically on Labour being propped up by the SNP and Miliband’s desire to implement socialism in the UK in the hope that they will swing a few per cent back to the Tories.

But it is the UKIP vote to which the Tories have failed to offer an olive branch, the traditional conservative vote which could come home.

Cameron this week promised a new law to guarantee no rise in income tax, VAT or national insurance before 2020, a move aimed at middle Britain.

The similar “no new taxes” tactic worked for George Bush Senior in the 1988 presidential elections but Bush made this announcement months, not days, before polling day and the pledge helped to shape the campaign.

The Tories have done too little, too late. More should have been done on the EU and, explicitly, on immigration.

Miliband’s outright opposition to allowing voters to have their say on the EU has gone down badly with voters and the Tories could have dealt the knockout blow in this election by pledging, right at the start of the campaign, that the party would support Brexit if the EU refuses to relinquish full control of Britain’s immigration policy.

Leading the charge on Europe and immigration would have won back swathes of the disaffected grassroots. With just days left, the Tories have very few cards left to play without looking like they are grasping at straws in desperation.

Now the party is having to rely on Miliband being so downright abysmal that Cameron will scrape back into Downing Street – a very risky strategy and one that the Party could live to regret.

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Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh
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