There is no denying that Labour are dancing to the Tories tune, and have been for over a year in terms of stealing policy, changing direction and accepting inevitable cuts.
The Tory leader will go on to a General Election war footing in the New Year with a sunnier message that there is 'light at the end of the tunnel' after the economic crisis. Mr Cameron will launch a campaign blitz in January with three or more trips a week to marginal constituencies to promote new policies that will form the cornerstones of his election manifesto. He will be studying a draft of the manifesto over Christmas. Senior Tories believe they have won the economic argument with Labour with their calls for austerity measures to slash the deficit.
Cameron has a golden opportunity to change this country forever, to undo the poison Labour have dripped into every walk of life in the last twelve years. He has the chance to reform from Whitehall to town hall and must, must, make it clear to the public in the new year that he is the man to bite the bullet. We need to see him breaking away from what is popular with focus groups stuffed full of people that probably wouldn't vote Conservative anyway, and making clear the message that decisions will be made for the country, rather than the public sector workers, even if it hurts.
Every Labour government collapses into chaos in the end and requires a heavy dose of conservatism to fix it. This doesn't have to be prophecies of doom and gloom though, the message of conservative remedies must ring out proudly. Look at Obama - he stood and won on a policy of refusing to raise taxes during a recession. Didn't do him any harm.
It should never be forgotten that aspiration is a very very powerful message.