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Brown CHARACTER is something you can’t put in a manifesto: you’re either cut out to be Prime Minister or you’re not.

Election campaigns test a politician’s character. Candidates are dragged out of Westminster to meet real people. We see how they react.

And in the last seven days, we’ve seen plenty. Enough to decide which of two contenders we want in No10 next weekend.

David Cameron has been more open than any politician I can remember. He has shown himself, his home, his family to the world.

You can tell what kind of bloke he is. Someone who knows about the fiscal deficit and about Alex Ferguson’s “squeaky bum time”.


Obsessing about politics, he tells us, means you get politics wrong.

And this is what is different about Cam. He doesn’t think he has all the answers. He doesn’t yearn to order us around with new laws.

He doesn’t see his mission as transferring power from Labour to Tory. He wants to transfer from the government to the people.

For example, Cam wants to sort out schools. But he thinks politicians and bureaucrats are not the right people to try to do it.

He tells this paper he has set up a “queue of hundreds of providers of schools” and will let them get busy. Pay them £5k a kid.

Where will schools go? Wherever they want. Cam TRUSTS  parents to create the  demand. It’s a new style of government.

Again, it comes down to character—and your outlook on life. Do you think the average British voter deserves to be trusted? Cam does.

Next: Do you think the average voter is right to be concerned about immigration?

The world now knows what Gordo thinks. He listened to the polite concerns of Gillian Duffy, the Rochdale grandmother who met him on her way back from Asda last week.

To her face, Brown was all smiles. But behind her back he called her a “bigoted woman” and showed why he’s not fit to be PM. He doesn’t trust the voters. And the feeling is mutual.

So what would Cameron do about Mrs Duffy’s concerns? As we reveal today, he’d HALVE net immigration within four years. It is the most radical pledge any major party has ever made.

Yes, Cam is from a wealthy family. Yes, he went to a posh school. But after talking to Mrs Duffy, he’d never have even thought “what a bigoted woman”.

Nor would Tony Blair. Or Neil Kinnock.

Gordo’s mistrustful, angry brand of politics is odd. It’s not in the Labour tradition. The party, with its proud history, deserves better.

Cam’s brand of politics—honesty, humility, resolve—is right for these times.

But we’ve seen his weaknesses, too. I’d like him to be bolder, to trust himself more. He’s an unfinished product.

But Gordo is finished. In every way.

Exhausted, angry, lashing out at his staff and even Labour voters.

He is unfit for 10 Downing St.

 

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