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As our country slides further and faster into debt, I am incredulously watching the leader of the allegedly Conservative Opposition propose continued increases in public spending. He is visibly terrified of the word "cuts" ever being uttered again in proximity to the word "Tory." He is craven in the face of Andrew Marr's ludicrous use of the words "slash public spending" to describe a mere reduction in the rate of increase. That fear alone is enough to ensure that he will make no difference if elected.

For all his green credentials, he is advocating that taxpayers should guarantee the loans of people who can't afford to buy new cars. That is neither conservative, nor green. He seems every bit as keen to get back to the abnormality of the last 10 years as Gordon Brown. I feel sorry for businesses that have, in good faith, geared up to supply goods to people who couldn't afford them. I feel very sorry for the workers in those businesses, who had nothing to do with that decision. But the credit-fuelled Vorderman Binge of the last 10 years was always unsustainable. It should never have started and it had to stop sometime. Trying to restart it is insane. Saying so would be genuinely conservative, which Cameron isn't - so he didn't.

Turning to the stupid story de jour, he ritually condemned Prince Harry's joshing with his Asian mate - saying that the use of the work "Paki" is completely unacceptable. No change likely on the politically-correct "bad words are more important than bad actions" front then.

At the next election, the choice will be between "Classic Labour" and "Labour Light". It is very hard to get excited about that prospect, much though I long to see this smugly cretinous and epically-incompetent government out of office.