David Cameron says he would fight for 'own interests not country’s interests' in hung parliament

By Jonathan Bartley
April 17, 2010

An interesting admission today from David Cameron today on the campaign trail.

Addressing activists in Gloucester he said: "Is a hung parliament going to get that job done? A hung parliament would be a bunch of politicians haggling, not deciding.

"They would be fighting for their own interests, not fighting for your interests. They would not be making long-term decisions for the country's future, they would be making short-term decisions for their own future."

Clearly his comments were aimed at the two other big parties. But he himself is also one of the "bunch of politicians" he refers to - unless of course he is ruling himself out completely from playing any part in a hung parliament?

Attacking the idea of a hung parliament will clearly be a Tory strategy in the next couple of weeks as they worry about the Lib Dem poll gains. Labour are less likely to pursue such a strategy as they are clearly keeping their options open and may end up having the most seats in the House of Commons as a result of the Lib Dem surge, if it is maintained.

The Tories will clearly run with the economic arguments about potential instability etc...in a hung parliament. But they are also likely to run with suggestions of 'dodgy backroom deals' and unaccountability in a hung parliament context as Cameron did today.

The difficulty with the latter approach is that this is what many people think about the House of Commons (without a hung parliament) anyway. It reminds people that the Conservatives themselves have been involved in corrupt practices and embroiled in the 'rotten parliament'.

And their apparent desire to talk down the idea of a coalition government also gives the impression that they are the ones unwilling to pursue a new politics, and work toward change - the exact opposite to messages on which their election campaign has been, and needs to be, built.

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