Speaking for middle Britain.
Here’s Mary Riddell in today’s Daily Telegraph:
When the TUC head speaks more persuasively than a Tory Chancellor to Middle Britain, the moment has come for the Government to think again.
And that’s exactly our strategy as Brendan Barber set out in yesterday’s Independent:
Already we are getting the first hints that ministers are beginning to worry how voters will respond. That is why I look back to the poll-tax campaign for inspiration. That was the last great U-turn carried out by a Conservative prime minister. It went because the decent majority stood up and said that it was fundamentally unfair. MPs returned to Westminster to tell whips and ministers that their normally placid and safe seats were in uproar. There may have been disorder in central London, but that was an unwelcome distraction. The poll tax was abolished because Middle Britain said no.