I meant to blog on this last weekend, and I think it's still important enough to return to. With the exception of her penultimate para, I agree with every word of Polly Toynbee's New Years Day opinion piece in the Guardian. It is a masterfully penned analysis of Labour's woes.
Labour's electoral schism, between the class warriors and the heirs to Blair, leave them wide open to destruction; a few barbed quips from Hague that make the main news bulletins, or a laconic soundbite from Eric, would do the trick. Yet Dave's team are intent on offering him as the new Teflon Tony and in avoiding negative campaigning, and are missing the chance of landing a few telling body-blows. 'Vote for me, I'm Nice' may be the safest electoral strategy from CCHQ, but it's also the most anodyne and least motivating approach that they could have devised.
The nation doesn't need niceness. We need a strong government with a clear vision. So far the Conservatives have failed to offer this - but there's time yet. I'm still prepared to give Dave up to election eve to come up with the goods to win my vote - although many of you are certain he never will. Let's see.