I feel the hand of Sarah Brown in her husband's latest confessions. "Darling, the voters liked your Piers Morgan interview because your support rose. Admit you've made mistakes and the same will happen again. Voters are suckers for 'true' confessions." If I was a fly on the wall I should think that's how this latest attempt to lure voters to labour originated.
So this morning we have the Prime Minister admitting he was responsible for the credit crunch and also he should have been tougher with the banks. Tell us something we don't know Gordon. Tell the 10,000 British taxpayers who had to bank offshore because banks wouldn't permit them to have a bank account in the UK if they didn't have a permanent home here. Explain to them why you allowed their bank to go into liquidation when it had a healthy balance.
If he thinks he will gain sympathy for taking responsibility then he's sadly mistaken. There's none in this neck of the woods. I must admit though, it's slightly better than the waffle about it all being the fault of the US.
Yesterday David Cameron launched the Tory manifesto. I haven't read it thoroughly because, like the labour and now libdem manifestos, not much of it applies to Scotland. One part did concern me though and that was the angle that people will be in charge of schools, hospitals etc. I really don't want to see schools run by anyone other than fully qualified teaching professionals and hospitals run by anyone other than fully qualified medical clinicians.
Part of the drop in standards within education has been the amount of power parents have been given in schools. If they have children in the school where they have a position on the board, they cannot be objective in their decisions. The NHS is overloaded by managers who are paper-shufflers when it should be run by those who understand how to deliver quality healthcare. We educate enough teachers, doctors and nurses yet regularly we hear they go abroad because we can't provide them with work.