Category Archives: Cameron

Mrs Cameron’s Diary

The Guardian regularly publishes a remarkable diary for Samantha Cameron; as seen by Catherine Bennett of course. Overall, this is truly excellent insight into the life of the posh leadership of the Tory party and today’s Mrs Cameron’s diary: FGS mother, compassion is back IN is no exception. It can be extracted as follows: Well I said to Mummy, literally their entire family has gone mad, she’s like, do not say I did not warn you, I’m like, Oedipus Rex does not begin to cover it, she’s like, was that not Medea, I’m like, well if Medea has, like, dumb petitions & literally, like AUNTS embarrassing their own actual nephew on ITN, IRL, totally 😦 Mummy’s like, well Medea was certainly a most uncaring mother, once she had embarked upon her tragic course of revenge, or so I am told, I’m like, my POINT, what kind of person signs a petition against her son? Mummy’s like, and you’re quite sure nobody accidentally provoked her into a filicidal rage, people can feel very strongly about their hanging baskets, I’m like, well it is the council they ought to murder, nobody hates the cuts more than Dave, he was all set to go on hunger strike if his mother had not got there first 😦 Mummy’s like, well has he thought of Continue reading

The Death of New Labour

Peter Hyman argues in yestderday’s Observer that This is an existential moment in Labour’s history. It may not survive. And it may never win again. As he says: The story starts with a landslide victory, a sense of hope throughout the country, great achievements including the first minimum wage, peace in Northern Ireland, civil partnerships. And ends with the bitter aftermath of the Iraq war, a succession of unelectable leaders and the toxicity of the Blair brand resulting in the Blairite candidate getting just 4% in the most recent leadership election. Some other parts of the article are extracted below: New Labour played into the hands of those who were desperate to call it an aberration. It allowed those, like Neil Kinnock, to say, on the election of Ed Miliband, that “we’ve got our party back”. It paved the way for the most successful Labour leader in history to be written off as an interloper, a cancer in the bloodstream of Labour politics. Looking back, this was perhaps New Labour’s most fundamental weakness. Without roots, without establishing its own traditions, cultivating its own sustainable culture, drawing on the stories and figures of the past, New Labour became unnecessarily fragile, the cult of one person, not a movement of hearts and minds. New Labour may be dead. Continue reading

Call Me Dave: The Unauthorised Biography

This book has put the British prime minister in some embarrassment. This is a review by Ian Jack of the Guardian, see also Chris Mullen in today’s Observer. Cameron has denied the allegations in the book. “Piggate” is not certain. Jack’s article is as follows: Revenge may be a dish best served cold; the question is, where should it be served? In a book or a newspaper, and, if a newspaper, which? In 2011, Isabel Oakeshott memorably set out the possibilities in her conspiratorial email conversation with Vicky Pryce, who was eager to destroy her former husband Chris Huhne’s political career by disclosing his lies about a speeding offence. Pryce and her friend, the then judge Constance Briscoe, were already in preliminary talks with a journalist from the Mail on Sunday about a “tell-all” book and its potential for serialisation. Oakeshott, who worked for the Sunday Times, gave it the thumbs down. “I think your reputation would be really damaged … the Mail on Sunday is – at the end of the day – a fairly downmarket publication and a lot of people would think it a bit tawdry for you to be cooperating with them,” she wrote. “I know it’s got a big readership, but so has the News of the World!” People, she continued, would assume Pryce had made money from the deal, which would affect her reputation and any chance of her joining the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee or “perhaps even the House of Lords”. Continue reading