In the 2009/10 general election (unless Gordon decides to go sooner) we'll see if the axiomatic "it's the economy, stupid"
holds true for
us at that point or not.
It also paints the tory party into a very tight corner, Cameron knows he polls well and his appeal is ok as long as he can appear optimistic (hence
all that tosh about 'letting the sunshine win').
But tory optimism about the Labour - and specifically a Brown - run economy doesn't do them much good as a line of attack.
The instant their attack goes on the negative they start to look bad and loose.
......and that's just with todays polling numbers, a year or three in and all that "new" and "future" superficial guff ought to look a lot less
appealing and sound a lot more over-done and tedious.
The comparison between the substance-free 'nice' Cameron
(backed by a troy party as unappealing as it ever was)
(backed by a Labour party a bit more 'to the left' and as appealing as it is) and his excellent - and very long - economic record
will not in the end be a flattering one for tory chances when it comes to it, IMO.
We shall see
(as I'm always fond of saying, politics is afterall an inexact 'science').
BTW Wizard, British debt (as a % of national earnings) is not at a 'record level', it's actually quite low, historically speaking.......your tory
pals had that figure up to around - in todays money - £100 billions.....which is a record.
Even their much prayed for chance of an economic down-turn is no guarantee of anything for the tory party.....they ought to know as they won twice
despite presiding over the 2 longest deepest and most damaging economic recessions since WW2.
[edit on 21-12-2006 by sminkeypinkey]