From James Purnell, on why Labour may have become unpopular:
In government, you always annoy some of the people some of the time, and without a compelling vision, “time for a change” will do for you.
I love the idea that some of what has turned people off Labour this last 10 years has been ‘annoying’: the Iraq War, a massive asset bubble, huge recession, the prospect of a lot of debt to pay back, the statism . . . how very annoying.
In other news, Nick is walking that tightrope again over tuition fees.
Postponing for 6 years surely IS scraping it. Because, by then, every other part of the fiscal universe will have been under such pressure for ages, and every student for a decade will be used to paying the fees. So what the LibDems will be proposing will be a new subsidy to what is already a quite privileged group of young people. Is that really going to head of the queue when fiscal pressures finally lessen?
By then, ditching the pledge for good will make solid political sense (we think it already does: see ‘Time’s Up’).