I switched on the radio after the Budget speech yesterday and heard Labour Leader Ed Miliband haranguing the Conservative front bench on the cost of living, tax breaks and all the rest of it. I thought – how boring. We already know what he thinks. And only the most politically clueless amongst us would find his indignation surprising. No Tory (or Tory-Lib Dem) Budget has ever been welcomed by Labour with the words ‘That was very sensible, actually’. The same goes for Tory responses to Labour’s proposals.
So what’s the point? Radio 4 listeners are intelligent enough not to be spoon fed this regurgitated gruel. The people who really need to know what Labour intends to do – the great mass of the voting-eligible public who form the target audience for populist rants by politicians of all persuasions – don’t tune in to these broadcasts anyway.
What goes on in the chamber of the House of Commons is effectively a game to amuse two groupings: the political classes, and political (and often partisan) boffins. The rest of us get calm and considered food for thought from our newspapers and a balanced diet of other media.