In today’s blog I thought it sensible to look at the reaction to our Party’s Manifesto launch. It is fair to say that not often is there such positive coverage across the main newspapers. Even the Guardian, which has decided to revert to type and support their Labour friends, find reasons to be cheered, although you do have to wade through a lot of the paper to find them.
Jackie Ashley’s commented yesterday, “No one can fail to be impressed with Cameron’s longing for a Big Society. But I wonder how many people believe it will happen.”
Turning to the other newspapers, The Times in its Leader boldly announced, “The Conservative manifesto is an impressive attempt to reframe the role of government and unleash entrepreneurial spirit” and “Manifestos are expected to be boring. This one is not. It is thought-provoking, imaginative and intelligent. It is worldly, open-minded and peppered with ideas from other countries. It is pragmatic, but it is more than merely a ragbag of policies. In the parlous state of the economy and the public finances, there is an opportunity to unleash entrepreneurial spirit and reshape the State. In the Conservative Party there is a group of people making a powerful case that good government can cost less and do more.”
While the Daily Mail proclaimed, “We should rejoice at the Conservative Party’s clearly stated belief that government spending, borrowing and taxation – all to prop up a vast, incompetent, self-reliance sapping state – must be reduced if Britain is to have a hope of prospering.”
And the Telegraph said, “A lacklustre election campaign that had become bogged down in sterile bickering about National Insurance burst into life yesterday. The polls are making it clear that the country has already reached a settled view of Labour – there is no appetite for awarding them a fourth term of power. If they have not achieved what they want in 13 years, they never will. Full stop. But what people had not yet had was a reason for voting for the Conservatives rather than against Labour. Yesterday, David Cameron gave them one. His powerful vision of a smaller state unleashing society’s untapped potential offers, at last, a clear choice in this general election campaign.”
Finally the FT says, “Mr Cameron’s plan is attractive in its hostility to the suffocating state. His scepticism towards dirigiste industrial policy also hits the mark.”