Let's look at the timeline here, and it will be provide complete clarity, it will demonstrate that this platform idea was hatched in the debate aftermath, it's a bandaid, it's release was never part of a systematic election strategy.
Here is what we are too believe from the Conservatives, and their apologists. A mere 12 hours after the English debate, wherein Harper was called out directly on his lack of platform, with NO RESPONSE, suddenly a platform exists. That's right, the night before Harper was hammered for the absence of a platform, but he uttered NOTHING, he just sat there and looked at the moderator. According to the spin, the platform release was already on the table, just chess masters waiting for the right moment. If that were TRUE, wouldn't you think Harper would respond in the debate, a half day before the Conservatives leak a platform release of next week.
Here are the exchanges, and I wish I could provide the visuals of Harper too, because it adds to my point:
"Well, where is your platform? Your's is the only party that hasn't released a platform yet in this election, all the other parties have...
blank look, no response
You say you've got a plan, where is it, where's your platform, under the sweater? You haven't presented one in this election, I find that shocking. I can't remember in history when that's happened.
Blank stare, dead air, looks to the moderator. No response.
May, and particularly Layton, stomped on Harper's throat and he didn't react, he didn't think to say we have a platform, didn't dawn on him to say we will have news on that tomorrow, nothing, nada, zip. Harper just took it, clean shot, NO RESPONSE both times (I believe it came up again later too). Harper is sitting there with full knowledge of a platform release, and yet he offers no retort. More amazingly, the next morning all his handlers are crowing about this platform that is already in the can, part of a coherent election strategy. Not only doesn't that pass the smell test, it REEKS.
So please spare me this crap spin, this platform was a reaction to the debates, it's damage control and I GUARANTEE people are working on some new elements right now in the war room. Anybody who believes otherwise has to confront a timeline which is really simple common sense.