The time for Cameron and Osbourne to make swinging changes that would bear fruit was June 2010. But they blew the election due to Cameron's woolly renewal bullocks and got into bed with the Lib Dems who's competence on anything to do with the economy is worse even than Labours.
The only matter that was always going to occupy the political space for ordinary voters during this parliament was the economy. All other issues don't matter if you have no job and/or no money, and yet many people with jobs are finding themselves worse off than they have ever been in living memory. But to keep all the un-realists on board the Tories have dodged the real issues and got bogged down in trivia.
Cameron has been handed everything on a plate. A completely clueless and incompetent Labour party with a dysfunctional leader. Yet he lost the election. He has been handed on a plate 2 forms of energy that would make the UK almost self sufficient. Both were well known well before the election. Shale gas and MSTR, or Thorium reactors. He has even been handed a third favour on a plate, an even more incompetent muppet as leader of the opposition who was responsible for much of the economic carnage with his climate change bill.
Yet can there have been a more useless and incompetent government than the current Tory/Lib-Dem coalition, ever? Often you hope to have one thing handed to you on a plate and using it to your advantage. But to blow three!!!! Where are the long knives of the 1922 committee?
All that will happen now is Labour will come back to power, do a sneaky financial deal with the EU embedding us further, but allowing them to claim some financial favour, and use the revenue from the Gas (that they will claim was not know to them, an easy task when Cameron ignored it) that will be just coming on stream to cut Taxes and please the stupid. They will then squeeze the productive side of the economy again to redistribute wealth and expand the public sector.
This is what happens when you listen to focus groups and ignore the wider electorate.
I agree. It's almost impossible to imagine how they could be so clueless . . .
What I find interesting is that the conservatives received fewer votes in 2010 than at any time in a conservative general election victory since 1924 (four years before the Representation of the People Act 1928 which extended the voting franchise to all women over the age of 21). They also garnered significantly less as a percentage of the electorate than in ANY previous conservative victory (and amazingly, even less than the percentage they received when losing to labour in 1945).
I seem to recall that we were leaders in the technology of thorium nuclear reactors but for want of a continuance of government funding (which I seem to recall totalled £2billion- or what our debt grows by each week) the research programme was ended.