The "out of touch" Labour mantra
There has been a dramatic escalation in recent weeks of Labour spokesmen attacking the Government as "out of touch".
This reached tautological levels today as Ed Miliband declared: "The problem is they just seem out of touch and don’t seem to be in touch with the real needs of businesses and people up and down this country."
An advanced Google search of Labour's news pages for the term "out of touch" throws up 727 results.
They include the Government being "out of touch" on defence, families and pensioners, students, women, businesses, reappointing Lord Young, SureStart, fuel and energy prices, crime and criminal justice, the Thameslink contract, equality, and "the real world".
The same accusation was levelled at Theresa May's border control and Vince Cable and Oliver Letwin's letter dumping; Dan Jarvis said David Cameron's conference speech showed he was "out of touch"; and Tessa Jowell used it against Westminster Council's plan to impose weekend and evening parking charges.
It was even levelled by Tom Watson in connection with Patrick Mercer's unflattering comments about the PM.
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