3/14/2008

Mercenary David Cameron

David Cameron famously said when pressed about the issue of whether he had taken drugs that "I'm allowed to have had a private life before politics in which we make mistakes and we do things that we should not and we are all human and we err and stray." Perhaps he is correct in this assertion, but it does rather make you wonder if he had climbed Mount Everest or found a cure for some disease if he would be so keen not to talk about his pre-politics days.

Perhaps this is why he is so keen to talk about his family, even putting them under the full glare of ITV news cameras. One might expect that if things he did before he was elected were not for discussion then his children, who should have no influence his electability, should also be excluded from discussion.

Of course, the real reason why David Cameron is so keen to talk about his family is because they are an electoral asset. Is this good politics from David Cameron ? It may well gain him brownie points with some, but speaking personally it appears rather mercenary. To me it says he is prepared to do anything for votes.

Yes, I am biased against David Cameron. I think he is smug and arrogant and I know too many people, both Tory and non Tory, who know him, have met him or know a few stories about he, who cannot stand the man. However, I stand by my view that Cameron shouldn't use his family in this way.

4 comments:

Julian H said...

Politicians have been allowing their families to be photographed / filmed since the beginning of time (or at least since photography was invented).

We've recently endured a decade of 'little Leo' and the other three standing outside Number 10, taking a stroll with Tony around Chequers et cetera.

This will be an asset for as long as voters continue to be influenced by such irrelevant nonsense, and so long as it is an asset politicans will do it.

Pete (WestBrom Blogger) said...

Presumably you felt the same way about Ming and his stunt, allowing the cameras into his back garden to capture him have a kick about with his grand children to help him appear younger?

Norfolk Blogger said...

Yes, exactly West brom Pete. I am pleased you agree with me that these sorts of stunts are beneath contempt.

Pete (WestBrom Blogger) said...

I would not go as far as to say they are beneath contempt. Political leaders are now treated like celebrities, and like with any good celebrity our voyeuristic culture demands that we must see behind the net curtains. Politicians are dammed if they do, and dammed if they don't with people calling them aloof and distant.

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