A COUPLE of months ago I was talking to
David Cameron about what his life would be like after the election: No10,
Fraser: There is no third way
Posted by Fraser at 10 41 PM on Saturday, April 24
He was having none of it. “I don’t think in those
terms,” he said. He always said IF the Tories win, not WHEN.
I thought he was
nuts. Not any more.
Mori poll gave him a 28 point lead not so long ago. Now, as this newspaper
shows, it stands at just six points.
His fears have been realised: The
polls point to a hung Parliament with no outright winner.
It would be an utter
Cam has three strange habits. Jumping into ice cold
water, gorging on junk food while travelling – and blowing opinion poll leads.
This, by the way, is the best news Cameron
has had for ages. It puts things roughly back to where they were before the
debates. It gives hope that if Cameron gets his act together and has a knockout
performance in next week’s TV debate, he can win after all.
Last week, it seemed the Nick Clegg mania was set
to deny the Tories victory and might even let Gordon Brown cheat political
death. But today, our poll suggests the LibDems have had a soufflé surge: It
collapses when tapped.
Yet what’s to stop superchef Clegg bringing another
soufflé out of the oven? A week is a very long time in politics.
The choice is not between a Brown victory or a
Cameron victory. For Gordon Brown, it's a case of ‘game over’.
Anyone who thinks differently should get down to
the bookies, where odds of 12-1 are being offered on an outright Labour
Worryingly, the money is on a hung
The last time we tried it was February 1974:
Everyone knew there'd be a second election. So Labour’s Harold Wilson prepared
for it by shamelessly bribing the unions. National interest went out of the
Result? Rampant inflation and a financial crisis
ending in Britain going bust — and needing a humiliating IMF
The equation is clear. A hung Parliament means
instability. Our mortgages, jobs and savings would all be at risk.
We might see a Labour-LibDem deal, even if Cameron
gets the most votes. They’d say it was just until a new election was called. But
you can bet they’d stitch up a new voting system designed to keep the Tories out
— and condemn Britain to perpetual Lib-Lab coalition.
Only Cameron has a plan to fix the public finances,
and steer us away from a Greek- style financial disaster.
He may yet get his majority. As we show today, the
polls are in flux. Millions are undecided. So even at this late stage, Cameron
can win the country round.
He should ignore his advisors, who are sending him
into these debates with too much preparation, so he sounds stale and
From what I know of Cam, his passion, anger and
enthusiasm are real. He doesn’t need the polish his aides apply.
Voters want to be persuaded. They know Gordo has
failed. They are in the market for good ideas: Cam has plenty.
There’s still time. In Thursday’s debate, he should
throw away his crib sheet and tell it from the heart.
And when election day comes, voters will know that
the Westminster system means just two available outcomes.
Either Cameron — or chaos. There really is no third
FRASER Nelson is also Editor of The