At a time when the full extent of Labour’s politics of hatred is revealed, let me say something positive about others toiling in the political vineyard.
For some time I have admired the work of the Taxpayers Alliance. They have brought to life the dusty subject of public spending. They are helping us win the argument that there is a lot of waste and unwanted spending in the figures. They have got people interested in the public sector rich list, the tip of the iceberg of excess.
Yesterday it was good to appear alongside their comments in a full page written by the Sunday Times on just how you could start to get to grips with over spending. Cuts do not have to be taxing. Indeed, I could find a lot of cuts that would be popular.
It was also good to see George Osborne, on a day when Labour were out to hurt him, getting on with the job of explaining how he would want to change public service management and delivery, so we could do more for less. It was good to see the Sunday Times helping lead an important debate that the Chancellor should be having with his colleagues, to start to curb the gross deficit which will leave us all with our children in huge debt for years to come.
Positive politics is about creating or joining a coalition for change, and supporting each other. Labour’s politics is based on the politics of dislike. They seek to create or exaggerate divisions between themselves and the rest. They seek to call everyone who disagrees with them a “Tory”, and to paint the “Tories” in the worst possible light, falsely claiming we came into politics to cut essential public services to the poor to give tax cuts to the mega rich. As we can now see they also run dirty tricks departments to try to character assassinate any Conservative who is effective at putting over an alternative view the public might like to hear or vote for.
Conservatives – and other opponents of this government – have to get better at helping each other and supporting each other. We must not allow our discourse to be dragged down into the gutter of Labour’s politics, or to fall for their wish to divide and rule.