Last year when the problems at Northern Rock first surfaced, the Tories were all too keen to criticise Labour's prevarication over the issue, but unlike the Lib Dems were conspicuous by their inability to offer any alternatives or solutions of their own.
One year on, in the midst of an economic slump, again the Conservatives are keen to criticise Labour and Gordon Brown, but offer no alternatives, no policies, no proposals other than opposition to what Labour are doing.
Whilst it is the job of the opposition to oppose, it is also incumbent on them if they wish to be seen as a future government worthy of our trust that they offer alternatives. Their "lets do nothing" attitude smacks of washing their hands of any responsibility.
Sadly, it is a sign of a severely shallow policy agenda and a real lack of "the right stuff" in these tough times.