Good to hear that David Cameron has no plans of implementing the proposal from one of his policy groups to levy charges on shoppers in out-of-town shopping centres.
Yes, it was only a proposal, and it hadn’t even been adopted by the party, but the media were all out with the line that ‘Cameron considers taxing shoppers for parking their cars.’ He was therefore wise to come out and disown the policy before it caused any more trouble.
The media obviously do not get the distinction between a proposal that has been put to the party for consideration, and one that has been adopted by the party. This out-of-town shoppers’ tax was clearly the former, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the headlines.
Still, in a way, I blame Cameron. What really is the point of making public all these mad ideas coming out from these policy groups? Why not consider the proposals in private until they have been adopted as party policy? Yes, I know, he is trying to counter the charge that he has no policies, but frankly, it is better to have no policies than to have daft ones.
Is there perhaps some way that any looney ideas from these policy groups can be put to David Cameron in private? On second thought, better not. David Cameron has shown himself to lack judgement on some very serious issues (remember grammar schools?). Who therefore knows what proposals the man may adopt in private, without the eye of the media (and the public) on him? The public reaction has told him to disown this ’shoppers’ tax’ policy fast, and that is a very good thing. I for one do not trust David Cameron’s judgement, so perhaps it is better for all the policy proposals to be given as wide publicity as possible. That way, if he is tempted to abandon common sense and adopt some crazy proposal, then maybe, just maybe, the media reaction will talk him out of it.