If you are one of the many with election ennui, you probably take some comfort knowing it will soon be over. The politicians will no longer hide behind slogans and refuse to reveal exactly how they will reduce the UK’s terrifying £789 billion debt burden. We got a hint of it last week from Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, who confided to an American economist who then blurted to an Australian television presenter: Britain will experience a level of austerity last seen during the second world war. So there you have it, albeit third-hand from the Aussies: we have seen the future and it involves powdered egg.
Except for viewers in Scotland, to adapt a phrase used in those televised leaders’ debates. We will remain in election mode because we have another vote, for Holyrood, next year. The grinding war of attrition will go on — and so will the fudge, evasion and simply not telling it like it is. For the rest of this article go to The Sunday Times here