The commentators 07-01-15
...on UK politics
When the history of David Cameron’s time as prime minister is written, no doctrine will be named after him. The government has been ideological, but not in a way that bears an intellectual imprint of the Conservative leader. There have been upheavals in schools, the health service and the benefits system, but those revolutions belong to Michael Gove, Andrew Lansley and Iain Duncan Smith. Cameron gave permission, he never pioneered.
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
Labour is behaving with gut-churning hypocrisy as it seeks to focus voters’ attention on the NHS — traditionally its strongest card — to avoid discussion of the economy and the deficit, a subject Ed Miliband famously failed to mention in his last party conference speech.
- Ian Birrell, Daily Mail
David Cameron’s faltering tango de salon with Angela Merkel has become one of European diplomacy’s most embarrassing spectacles. The British government’s increasing desperation to be delivered from its European muddle is matched only by the increasing German irritation with Britain’s tunnel vision. No wonder the German chancellor looks as if someone has trodden heavily on her corns.
- Roger Boyes, The Times
Neither of the two main parties has come anywhere close to being upfront with voters about how exactly they will govern in the next austerity parliament. And, frankly, until and unless we get convincing answers to these questions, it will be hard to put faith in either party – regardless of their slogans.
- Oliver Wright, The Independent
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