Friday, 18 February 2011

Letter to The Times (unpublished) on lessons of Spelman's U-turn

The Editor
The Times

Sir,


In her dramatic U-turn over forest sales yesterday, Caroline Spelman claimed that unlike under Labour, this government genuinely consults the public, admits when it gets things wrong, promptly apologises and reverses bad policy. I am looking forward to this admirable approach being applied retrospectively and in future to unpopular policies which come up against significant campaigning by the public. It must have dawned on the Government that while opposition to the selling-off of forests was vocal and well-organised, it will pale into insignificance compared to the likely public response to the cuts as they hit and the vandalising of the NHS, to name but two issues. Long live the 'new politics'.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

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