Gavin Kelly, a former adviser to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, has written a withering critique of David Cameron in today’s FT. That might be expected, you might think, from a former Labour adviser. But his points are deliberately non-partisan, and worth noting.
Kelly argues that Cameron and his Number 10 operation has little strategic direction, except for a desire to cut the deficit – and a new and intriguing suggestion – saving the union. He says:
Only the lodestar of deficit reduction gives the coalition government a sharp sense of defining mission, though we now need to add to this the future of the union. Both absolutely crucial, neither enough.