Today the PM is saying that his government is going to stick with his current policies on sorting out the economy. He’s aware of the elections in Europe, the demises of various governments and so on, and he’s going on with what he has been doing, trying to get the deficit under control through public spending cuts.
Looking at the toilet wall many people seem quite dissatisfied. They say that Cameron is a moron. This means that two years ago 10 million of your countrymen voted for people who are led by this moron. About one fifth of the UK electorate endorsed that moron. They must be morons too. Doesn’t say much for the British people as a whole.
Or maybe those scrawling on the toilet wall are wrong. After all Cameron rejected the Fiscal Compact (Fiscal Union or FU, according to Hannan, the Stability Treaty according to the Irish Yes campaign and the Austerity Treaty according to the Irish No campaign) which seems to be the straw that’s breaking the camel’s back all over Europe. By rejecting such strictures Cameron remains able to pursue austerity now and, if things change 6 months down the line, he can pursue other routes. Anyone who embraces the Compact can’t create their own fiscal policy, they have to be approved by the rest of the union.
The real problem here is that Cameron isn’t doing what the wall scrawlers want. He’s doing what makes sense to him, and to his team. Could they be right? In fact, could they be more right than a disparate group ranting on the Internet about Cultural Marxism at the drop of a hat? Odds are they could.
But at the same time this isn’t what people want. What they all want is less austerity and more spending as long as they don’t have to pay for it. But that simply isn’t practical. You need to get money in order to spend it, we don’t want to borrow it (you can’t borrow your way out of debt) and no one wants to be taxed for it. At the same time Cameron has to play a balancing act to keep his own party, his coalition partners and the electorate at large happy. It’s hardly an enviable task. It’s easy to complain, but it’s a tough act to manage, I doubt many of those complaining could do better.
And what’s the alternative? Under the basis of the recent council elections some are saying “Let the coalition fall, have new elections.” They want the Tories and UKIP to form an alliance and take power. But think about this. As far as the wider electorate, who aren’t scrawling about the EUSSR on the wall of the bog, are concerned the Tories will be tainted with the hard measures they’ve been implementing, necessarily, for the last two years. Who would get in? Could it be a party led by a man who looks like what you get when Nick Park decides to do an animation on monkeys? Oh yes indeed. The only possibly good aspect to this would be that at the next election the Tories could win a clear majority but what would be left by then for them to govern?
There are no economic miracles. The last whiff we got of one was under Brown as Chancellor and then as PM. It turned out to be smoke and mirrors and has left a legacy which is distinctly whiffy. No one said that turning around the economy would be easy. This is a hard slog from a committed team that knows that change doesn’t come easily.
So keep the faith with Davey C like any politician he wants one thing above all, re-election, and he’s prepared to fix the economy come what may to try to do that.