Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The confusion of David Cameron....

. Politics Home reports the below....

"Mr Cameron said that proposals in the Government's white paper on welfare reform regarding mothers with pre-school children were "shameful" and that his party would be press the government to change this aspect.

This is a shameful proposal it is vital that in this recession that we at the very least don't do anything that makes our broken society worse.

"We need to help families, not make life harder for them," he said.

"Of course when children are fully into primary school that's the right moment to encourage people back into the workplace."

"Trying to do it before the children have even got to primary school, I really don't think it's right," he said.

Mr Cameron also criticised the apparent delay in replying to requests for the opposition to set up preparation meetings with civil servants saying there was "no excuse" for the slow response.

"I hope Gordon Brown will rapidly answer that letter in the affirmative. There can be no excuse for delay whatsoever," he said.

More broadly, he said that recent events, including the arrest of Damian Green,
the failed efficiency drive at the Department for Transport and rising debt levels showed that Labour had been in power for too long.

"We need change and we need it now. I think the government's failure on every front is becoming more and more apparent," he said.

He added: "They are showing all the signs of a government that has been in power too long."

Now, I welcome his conversion on these questions and happen to agree with the broad thrust of some of what he says but I really feel that he should have a word with the Shadow Minister who only last week was saying that Labour could rely on Conservative support for these reforms. Otherwise people might feel that he has spotted an opportunity to defeat the government on a major issue and that is what lies behind this stance....

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