Why We Don't Care About The Election Part 72
The reality, of course, is that whoever they vote for, Britons face the most substantial stretch of austerity government since the days of ration books. That is the hard economic consequence of having borrowed so much.
But much as we understand this logic, we don’t much like to be reminded of it, which partly explains the fall in Tory poll ratings after George Osborne attempted to launch the party’s campaign on a platform of pain and austerity.
You might have thought we would have tired of fantasy and delusion, but the election tacticians think not. Plus, they add, look at Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 manifesto, which hardly hinted at the radical reforms to come.
But this misses the point. Times have moved on since the 1970s: if nothing else, the expenses scandal should have reminded politicians we are now more discerning, less credulous and unwilling to put blind faith in politicians.
This election is not merely about the economy, but about renewing trust. Leaving the most important numbers out of both the manifestos seems a funny way to make a start.