Op-Ed: What is viewed as strength of character in politics by one person may be called a ruthless streak by another. Does the definition depend on the person making the assumption and their politics plus if they want to scare the electorate?
If the Tories have such a good record after being in office for the last five years how come they resort quickly to dirty tricks and smears?
The latest comes from Tory Defense Minister Michael Fallon who opted to use the Labour election leadership contest which involved Ed Miliband and his brother David to highlight what he perceives as back-stabbing qualities.
Fallon stands by what he says claiming it is only right the electorate know what sort of man they may be electing to run the country but it is all low blows, waffles and British politics at its most ridiculous and pathetic.
Ed Miliband won the Labour leader election after a close run with other candidates including elder brother David who was tipped to win.
Such is life in politics.
If it were a battle for the Tory leadership then Ed would be described by people such as Fallon as showing strength of character and a strong focused leader rather than a man with a ruthless streak. Darling of the Conservatives Maggie Thatcher, who died two-years ago this month leading to celebrations in parts of the UK, trampled on the British public as well as cabinet colleagues in order to push through her agenda which included radical privatisation of UK resources.
As BBC News reports Ed Miliband fighting back and accusing the Tories of a desperate smear campaign they say "Mr Fallon said Mr Miliband had "stabbed his own brother in the back" to lead Labour and was now "willing to stab the UK in the back" by doing a deal on Trident with the SNP "to become PM". Mr Miliband said the defense secretary had demeaned himself and his office. David Cameron said he stood behind his colleague's comments."
So there you have a good assessment of the character of Mr Miliband, Mr Fallon and Mr Cameron.
Mr Miliband is trying to fight a fair election against a bunch of old Etonian hoodlums. Cameron stands by Fallon which shows he has no backbone and no election policies to persuade the public to vote for him. Mr Fallon is a Tory hypocrite condemning characteristics he and other Tories would applaud in their ranks.
Once again the Tories who are likely to do a deal with right-wing UKIP if necessary to stay in government are pretending to know and understand the Labour party, its policies, MPs and its voters.
In fact as we say here in Yorkshire " They know nowt!"
News that "The Conservatives' manifesto will have a commitment to build four new nuclear missile-armed submarines, Michael Fallon has said" will not reassure huge sections of the British public for scare the hell out of them.
But whether the promise will end up meaningless is any person's guess. The Tory manifesto of 2010 is littered with broken promises and U Turns; UKIPs 2010 manifesto has been destroyed.
Tory austerity measures slashed the armed forces left, right and centre.
They are running scared of Labour and especially a Labour majority.
If Ed Miliband can take his party to election success with the majority of the vote the Tories have had it and they know it.
So the so-called Nasty Party prefers to return to form and sling mud around rather than use their alleged good track record in office.
That's because when it comes to it the Tories know the British people aren't as stupid as they like to believe.