‘Submerged optimism’ is latest Labour oxymoron as Tory lead is cut to six points


The Prime Minister rubs his hands in readiness for a bruising campaign against the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. And Alistair Darling, David Miliband, Charles Clarke, Geoff Hoon, Patricia Hewitt, the Press, libertarians, Tony Blair, The Chilcot Inquiry, Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, the IMF, S&P, Fitch……

Gordon Brown called for ‘A Future Fair for All’ in his Election Fightback Relaunch Underdog bid for power today. Before he spoke, YouGov conducted a poll showing the Tories only six points ahead. We have yet to learn what the Tory lead will be in the light of Gordon smiling a lot again.

The new buzz-phrase among the Brownshirts is ‘submerged optimism’, a term thought to describe those electors too dim or stoned to have noticed that New Labour keeps talking about an economic recovery when we no longer have an economy. It could be expressed in other ways – for example, ‘torpedoed fantasy’. But we mustn’t talk Britain down, otherwise Lord Mandelson will be on our backs. And we don’t want that.