The three messages chosenby the Conservatives in the Wythenshawe and Sale East By-election were - fill potholes, cut street crime and clean the streets more." - utterly bizarre. I couldn't believe it. It is a sign of a party that has lost it sense of purpose and confidence and message.
Take the EU - the Lib Dems want in, UKIP want out, the Conservatives want a referendum and most of them want to stay in but after a slight renegotiation. Conservative splits are unresolvable - Gay Marriage - the antis can't understand supporters, the supporters can't understand the antis. Climate change, green energy, recycling - was it all a socialist scam, a rebranding tactic, political correctness or a genuine expression of Conservative stewardship of the countryside ? Deficit reduction - if it was so urgent why is it so far behind schedule ?
So it's the bland leading the bland - more bobbies on the beat, fewer potholes and less litter - policies every party in every constituency in every country can sign up to - unless there really is a party promoting higher crime, more litter and dirtier streets.