I've never seriously entertained the notion of David Cameron throwing away this election at the eleventh hour but it really looks like it might happen, and I'm not even talking about the Times poll that shows Labour a mere 2% behind the Conservatives and on course to winning the most seats.
I initially shrugged off Cameron's suggestion today that he had a "duty" to beat Gordon Brown but his Union Jack stained vision of how the future could be coupled with the "let's win it for Britain" ending was just too jingoistic to take and I suspect I won't be alone in thinking so. The only thing missing was Dave chomping on a cigar and giving a big Churchillian peace sign as he shuffled off the stage. Nigel Farage would've been proud.
Indeed the ending of Cameron's big speech today was so poor I, and all others in the room, joined in a chorus of 'was that it?'. If Tory tactics are going to be borne out of desperation given the recent slide rather than a truly modern, truly EU-friendly, truly global outlook then I'll take my chances of five more years with Gordon Brown as PM right now.
We don't need an Old Blighty national saviour Dave, we need someone who will give us a tangible alternative when he claims to offer 'change'.
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