Following the Daily Telegraph poll this morning showing that the the Tories are sliding as people don't know what David-all-style-no-substance-Cameron stands for - it's worth reflecting on Home Secretary John Reid's Conference words on leadership:
This is a time for standing up for what we believe. All of us, irrespective of Party affiliation.
I want to see the widest, deepest, national alliance.
That's why I am genuinely saddened by the response of the opposition. I understand that David Cameron has not been in post long. The public may understand that he doesn't want to rush to judgement on every decision.
But he has to be capable of making some decisions.
That is what leadership is all about.
There are some issues so serious, so rooted in the very fibre of our national values, that we need to make the hard choices now.
David Cameron may find that those who wait too long to see which way the wind is blowing, get blown away by the gale.
And so the Tories end up talking tough, voting soft and hoping no one will notice.
But the public has noticed what they have opposed:- Tougher sentences for
murder, sexual offences, violent offences, dangerous driving, immigration,
They voted against or abstained on all of them. Why? It's all too difficult.
Actually it's because they are too lacking in leadership.