Taking the correct decisions, and getting the timing right, are two important factors that a person who wishes to become Prime Minister needs to demonstrate. Over Michael Ashcroft, the conclusion has to be that Cameron has failed on both counts. This not-so-small matter should have cleared up before now.
The latest polls, one taken while the Ashcroft admission was breaking, have top line figures firmly in the hung parliament territory. Anthony Wells comments:
In theory it is possible that Labour did narrow the gap before the weekend, but that David Cameron pulled it back over the weekend (or perhaps more likely, that it was a mixture of the two with a genuine narrowing of the lead, exaggerated by random sample error) – the reality is that we’ll never know.
Tim Montgomerie comments that today’s fall in the value of pound means that we should elect “a strong government that is capable of coping with the fact that Brown has doubled the national debt”.
You could argue the the reaction in the markets is entirely due to Team Cameron and their failure to “seal the deal”. A task that should be relatively easy when they up against Gordon Brown.
Having followed every general election in some detail since the mid ‘60’s, it’s difficult to remember when the main opposition party has so comprehensively made a mess of it during the pre-election period.