The consensus shifts ever more to the left, doesn't it? Usually David Cameron slags off Labour without offering any policy alternatives whatsoever, but today he has revealed his burning desire for more bureaucracy:
...Mr Cameron said he would entrench fiscal responsibility in government by setting up a new independent body - the Office of Budget Responsibility - to hold ministerial spending to account.
An added layer of 'faceless bureaucrats' draining the 'bloated state' ever further then. Are they really going to be 'independent'? If so, who's paying their wages? Or will they all do it for free out of the goodness of their hearts? I don't know if I can believe what I read sometimes. Oh and by the way, Cameron also called for more of what he ordinarily would deride as 'red tape':
He wants to see much tougher regulation of the banking sector and changes to the insolvency laws to protect sound but struggling businesses.
Tougher regulation, too. Blimey. How do you square that with the ambition for a small state and being a 'libertarian at heart'?