This poll tells us what we already know – people are increasingly not up for statist solutions to all our problems. The specific target is Ed Balls and his plans massively to expand control over who can supervise children.
Balls has been all over the TV today and in the Sunday Times today. I thought he looked clueless in the admittedly short clip of his Politics Show interview on the news. A big flip flop on cuts, attempts to cover this up with a rather fake sincerity (he shares Brown’s tin ear for what plays well on TV), just comes over as a very unattractive personality – a view clearly shared by his Sunday Times interviewer. He’s been at the centre of domestic policy since 1997 so where we are is his fault, his time is running out, the end of an awful careerist.