The Trolls over at Conservative Home are still pushing for tax cuts despite the fact that:
1. The 'Iron' Shadow Chancellor has told them to shut up
2. The public still overwhelmingly support good public services over tax cuts.*
Cameron and Osborne know that the public don't want a return to public service cuts. However, they also know that wild horses can't drag their party to support increased spending. So stuck as they are between an unstoppable force and an immovable object, the Conservatives are left promising both better services and slower spending.
So basically they are promising the public far more whilst hinting at spending far less. Nobody bought this at the last election and the latest ICM Poll shows that nobody is believing them now.
There are now only 3 points between the parties which is within the margin of error. This is not a good position for either party and is certainly not good for voters.
As voters we have the choice between a high spending party with mixed results on public services and an inexperienced oppositon, which is unable to promise more or less spending.
Labours spending policy is at least clear even if their record is not trusted. However, the Tories are left neither being trusted or coherent. So as trust in the government inevitably declines, most votes still look like going to the 'none of the above' party.
*51% against 36% prioritise spending on public services against tax cuts. (ICM)