When the going get's tough
by John Craig
...the Tories get going. Or so said Alan Milburn on this morning's Jonathan Dimbleby programme, responding to Conservative criticism of the presentation of the case for war. It reminded me of this rant from a disappointed Democrat, in which they argue, "politics is now beyond issues. For Democrats, it's existential". Had it not been for the war's continued unpopularity, I think we would have seen more of this approach from Labour - playing the Tories at their own game by fusing tough talk on Iraq/immigration with the toughness of their attacks on the opposition. Public antipathy on Iraq may have saved us from a much more damaging fight for 'hard man' credentials.
With all this in mind, I really enjoyed watching the spoof election broadcasts commissioned by Channel 4. They seek to dramatise the kinds of images that perhaps the parties would really like to be able to conjure in our minds. Well worth a watch.