There was a good interview on the Today programme this morning in which Conservative leader David Cameron gave as good as he got on the issue of budget cuts and the National Insurance proposals from the Tories. This was one of those interviews which was well balanced and Sarah Montague is to be congratulated for addressing Mr Cameron's responses rather than simply continuing with pre-prepared and lengthy arguments which some of her colleagues tend to resort to.
Two points struck me about this interview. First, Cameron's quote from last year, read back to him, that 'efficiencies' were not a serious proposal for anyone considering savings was quite simply unanswerable. Mr Cameron did well but he was forced to defend a 180 degree handbrake turn, which is never easy.
The second, damning point was that it was David Cameron defending Tory budget plans, not the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. Why could this be?