It’s impossible not to watch Gordon Brown suffering a kicking at the hands of the Tories without feeling that he deserves it: ‘Smash and grab: how Labour stole the Tories’ big ideas,’ says the Guardian.
These so-called Big Ideas obviously have nothing to do with social justice, but if ConservativeHome has it right (and they should recognise a Big Tory Idea better than most) they’re pretty inconsequential and the really, really big one about inheritance tax is, thankfully, only a pretence.
Fortunately, this is mostly froth of little consequence to people’s lives. Like footprints on deep pile carpet, this non-election incident will soon fade from memory. After all, everyone seems to have forgotten the bombing of Glasgow Airport, the floods and foot and mouth.
Instead of responding to the Tories’ defence of privilege by saying that it is safe in Labour hands, Brown should be arguing forcefully for a fairer Britain and that must include a defence of inheritance tax. The Tories say he’s a scaredy cat, who could disagree with that?