Cameron in attack on 'depression of Brown'
Britain's TORY leader David Cameron last night appealed for voters to free themselves from the "dark depression" of Gordon Brown in a fightback aimed at reversing disastrous opinion polls.
Amid more evidence that his election advantage is rapidly evaporating, Mr Cameron admitted his party faced a "real fight" to win power and the outcome would be "close".
But he insisted that only the Tories had the radical economic and social policies to guide Britain to the "bright light" at the end of the tunnel.
The plea came in an impassioned 40-minute speech to the party's pre-election spring conference in Brighton, delivered without notes.
Painting the forthcoming battle as a choice between himself and Mr Brown, Mr Cameron launched an excoriating personal assault on the British prime minister's "bossiness" and inflated ego.
"What sort of genius is it that doubles the national debt? What sort of genius is it that takes one of the best pension systems in the world and wrecks it?" he said.
"That's not genius, that's incompetence and at this coming election we are going to out your record, and tear it apart piece by piece."
Mr Cameron insisted the public knew that another five years of Mr Brown would be a "disaster", and warned that tensions between ministers were "dragging the country down".
"Another five years of spending and bloat and waste and debt and taxes," he said.
"Another five years of failing to get to grips with our big social problems, another five years and the politics of that big top-down, bossy 'I know best' sort of approach and another five years of a government that is so dysfunctional, so divided, so weak.
"You have got a bunch of ministers that can't work with him but can't get rid of him, you have got a prime minister who can't work with them and can't make his government work.
"They are just locked in this dangerous dance of death that is dragging our whole country down and it is only the Conservative Party that can give people the hope of a different future."
The Conservatives had a "patriotic duty" to win the election so they could put the country on the path to recovery, according to Mr Cameron.
He said: "I want you to think of the incredible dark depression of another five years of Gordon Brown and say: 'No. No we are not going to do that."'
The Tory leader tempered his damning assessment of the economic "deep hole" the UK was in by stressing his "optimism" about its future prospects.