What Britain most needs is a clear vision
David Cameron is seeking to grab back the political initiative this week and show that he is a man not a mouse. This a reference to a stinging question by Tory MP Tim Yeo who said it was time for the Prime Minister to prove which he was over his refusal to back a third runway at Heathrow.
In yesterday's Mail on Sunday, Mr Cameron was determined to prove that he has the "fighting spirit" to "cut through the dither that holds this country back". We can now expect to see a series of announcements on housing, planning, employment, infrastructure and schools.
It would be premature to judge these proposals until we have seen the detail. However, our immediate concern is that they appear at first glance to have the familiar hallmark of coalition policies and that is confusion.
The common view about Mr Cameron is that he needs to show a bit more pluck: a little bit more Thatcher, a little less Heath.
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However, that rather simplistic perception fails to identify the real Achilles heel of the coalition and that is not lack of pluck but lack of clarity. It is all a bit of a muddle.
The confusion over planning is a good example. Mr Cameron wants to get rid of red tape and has hit out at the "Not In My Back Yard" attitude which holds up planning applications. "The nations we're competing against don't stand for this kind of paralysis and neither must we," he said.
However, this is the same Government which is, according to the Conservatives' website, "returning decision-making powers on housing and planning to local councils."
But surely if the planning rules are now going to be ripped up and local objections swept aside for the greater good, this cannot possibly be true. So, which is it? Is the Government going to champion development as an engine of economic progress, or stand up for local decision-making even if that means things don't get built?
Mr Cameron strikes us a man who desperately wants to do the right thing, but is just not entirely sure what the right thing is. So, instead, of clear action we just get mixed messages.
We really hope he proves us wrong and a clear vision emerges over the course of the next few weeks, because that is what the British economy desperately needs.