David Cameron isn’t quite sure whether he is coming or going at the moment. Today’s interview with the “Real Business” website (who possibly a bit like the Real IRA version of the CBI – who knows?) has him in his “campaign for capitalism” mode of chat.
While he has made great claims that the Tories would “share the proceeds of growth” between tax cuts and spending on public services, he actually tells Real Business that “we’ve said very clearly that we would reduce taxes over the economic cycle”. But what if the economy goes down the tubes? Surely he’s not suggesting public spending cuts to ensure he matches this pledge?
But worst of all – and something Labour might want to take note of, Cuddly Cameron commits a future Tory government to opting out of the social chapter. So no more guarantee of freedom of association? No more guarantee to safe and healthy working conditions?
This policy of chasing a new opt-out actually gives Cameron a more right-wing policy than that under Michael Howard. How cuddly is that?