Posts Tagged ‘David Cameron’

Enjoy #piggate, but don’t forget Lord Sewel

by David Osland.

Many politicians from US president and London mayors downwards have survived run-of-the-mill kiss and tell marital indiscretion. But necrophiliac bestiality on the part of a prime minister truly takes us into uncharted territory. At the very least, yesterday’s revelations concerning David Cameron’s youthful Oxford high jinks are going to dog him – if that’s the […]

One of Jez’s first tasks must be to frame his project, and to de-frame Osborne’s

by Michael Meacher.

If there is one single reason why Labour lost the election, it’s that Osborne realised the critical importance of framing his project in a way that made it acceptable in the eyes of a majority of the electorate. The fact that it was a string of lies didn’t matter as long as people believed it. […]

Corbyn forces the Tories to take him seriously

by Michael Meacher.

After all the slurs about unelectability, the Tories have very quickly changed their tune and acknowledged that they are now facing a very real threat that they’ve not encountered for the last 30 years. At a meeting of the political cabinet last Tuesday they decided to focus on the idea that they offer a better […]

Dithering Dave and the refugees

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I detest the term “game-changing“, but the wide publication of the little body of Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach touched millions of hearts coarsened by decades of anti-immigrant racism and hysteria. Having obstinately set his face against taking more refugees, Dave and his pitiful government were shamed by the huge numbers taken […]

Just what is Cameron for?

by Michael Meacher.

Watching Osborne yesterday on the Andrew Marr show answering questions on whether Britain should bomb Syria and other foreign policy matters, one did wonder where exactly Cameron fitted. Increasingly Osborne, arguably the most formidable politician in the House at the moment, has already assumed the premiership he has coveted for so long. All the detailed policy-making […]

So Tory ministers lying to Parliament is now OK?

by Michael Meacher.

The revelation that British air crews have been engaged in bombing operations against ISIS in Syria for the last 10 months, in strict defiance of a Parliamentary vote two years ago prohibiting this, should be a matter where ministerial heads roll. The excuse given by the Prime Minister’s office that they were embedded with US […]

Cameron’s one-nation programme: pull the other one!

by Michael Meacher.

Like Thatcher declaring on the steps of Downing Street in 1979 that, like Francis of Assisi, “where there is discord, I will bring peace”, so Cameron in the Queen’s Speech debate has pledged a one-nation Britain – until one looks at the detail and reads between the lines. To take one example, the most recent […]

There’s more to Cameron’s bringing forward the EU referendum than meets the eye

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s reasoning for his sudden decision to bring forward the date of the Brexit referendum on Europe from 2017 to 2016 is unconvincing. He said it was to avoid an embarrassing clash with French presidential elections and German federal elections that take place in 2017. But like so many of Cameron’s explanations, it’s worth unpicking […]

Cameron up shit creek as defeat beckons

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s last desperate throw by rousing English nationalism is clearly aimed at saving Tory seats in areas where the UKIP challenge is pressing hardest, in order to ratchet up the total number of Tory seats which, when combined with likely allies, will enable him to just slip over the line back into Downing Street. On […]

Cameron’s last throw and Lynton Crosby’s series of bungles

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron is getting desperate. Throwing around billions in unfunded promises (the NHS, housing association hand-outs, raised inheritance tax threshold) cut no ice. The inevitable promise of higher rate tax cuts (unfunded again) didn’t impress. The boast that the Tories had turned round the economy from a basket case to a world beater simply didn’t ring […]

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