Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Government in Waiting?

Without getting too heavily into my theorising on Opposition, one of its most crucial roles is to act as a credible alternative government. Its ability to present itself as such to the public is a major factor in whether it gains power.

As Conservatives gather in Birmingham, the message from the leadership is 'no complacency', with David Cameron and his advisers terrified of looking as though they are taking their poll lead and the next election for granted. The theme for the Conference is therefore the tricky balancing act of projecting competence without exuding complacency. In short, to look like a Government in waiting. The BBC's Nick Robinson has an interesting article on this ahead of his Panorama film tomorrow.

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