Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Difficult balancing act for Cameron

All the boys and girls who represent us in Parliament have had their summer holidays and autumn conferences so this week has seen the start of the new session in the House of Commons. At the Tory jamboree in Birmingham David Cameron made a decent effort I thought to be statesmanlike and not too critical of Gordon Brown in view of the worrying financial situation the World is facing. But tomorrow, being Wednesday, means Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) and I wonder if, in the bear pit of the HoC, his restraint will continue. In a nutshell I think that Cameron has a very difficult balancing act to maintain, maybe there will be a temporary cessation of hostilities.

Brown may have gained a little breathing space for the moment and his position is not under immediate threat but he is trying to recover from a very weak position. I can foresee plenty of banana skins for him to slip on, but the major problem for all parties is just not knowing how the effects of the continuing 'credit crunch' will pan out.

One thing is for sure: I am not going to predict the result of a general election that is unlikely to take place for another 18 months. For the sake of the country it's good that Brown is not having to constantly look over his shoulder to see if a potential assassin is likely to strike, he has more than enough on his plate without that particular worry.

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