Trust in Labour evaporates
According to The Guardian, The Conservative Party now enjoys a 17 point lead over Labour.
Cranmer is not a psephologist, and has little time for polls, but he was struck by the headline: Voters believe Labour is not telling truth...
That is to say, the Government is lying.
It is damning indeed that even Labour supporters do not trust their party: only 36 per cent of current Labour supporters, and just 26 per cent of its 2005 voters, think the government is telling the truth about the nation's finances.
Truth, trust, integrity, honesty, authenticity have all been eroded under this government. It is not only time for a change: it is time for a miracle.
Locke believed trust to be central to consensual government: trustworthiness is inherent to the success of our institutions. Government brings forth truth by its sentences, statements and propositions. It is permitted the occasional noble lie, but Labour's entire discourse has become a lie. A decade of indoctrination which has yielded nothing but doubt.
There is no legitimacy in a government which makes a virtue of deceit.
If Cranmer were not so depressed, he would write more. But his spirit is the lowest it has been since he faced death. And for that, he cannot blame Labour.