The Thick of It

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gordon Brown sets out voters' choice

Gordon Brown today set out his terms for the choice voters face at the next general election. He began strongly by ringing out Labour's achievements, the minimum wage, an end to NHS waiting lists and every school rebuilt. He stated clearly that the Tories would put this all at threat.

There were some new policy announcements such as the National Care Service, something that will extend the helping hand of the NHS to those needing full time care. Talk of tackling anti social behaviour was Brown attempting to talk to the mainstream.

What is clear is that there is a choice at the next election. A choice between a Tory party that would not have invested in public services, improving the NHS, education and regenerated our cities - and a Labour government that did. A choice between a Tory party that would have let the recession run its course and a Labour government that led the way in global action to re-energise our economies.

The Tories had no answers at the depth of the recession, a situation that has enabled them to bang their favourite drum - public service cuts. Brown made it clear today that this is the Tory ideology, it is in their DNA. Labour will ensure the market isn't left to itself and that those in most need will not be left to fend for themselves by an indifferent government. The Tories stand for change, but that is a change back to the 1980s.

Was today's speech the game changer that many commentators suggested it needed to be? Probably not. It was good enough. No general election has been won or lost on a conference speech. The real test of Brown's speech is whether voters will start listening to him again. Will Labour get a boost in the opinion polls? Crucially, will they be able to hold it after next week's Tory conference?

1 comment:

diablox said...

I agree 100% the sun is a paper I read most of the time and shifting there position is not a favourable one for me I am a floating voter but this time I will certainly not be voting for Cameron, with no proven experience and his party still mis behaving as they come up to an election i.e expenses .does not fill me with confidence, especially when Gordons tactics on the recession seem to be paying off. You would think the opposition would be whiter than white as they via for power not so the case , and as for bringing back Ken clarke from the crutacious period I would have thought his inconsistencies would be a great ally for labour tactics .So to help labour win its battle lets see more of Kens policies and compare them with Camerons please.