Week 16: Prat – David Cameron

by George_East on April 19, 2015

This Week’s Prat of the Week award goes to (the hopefully for not much longer) Prime Minister David CameronCon_Prat

Thursday saw the final debate of this election campaign. It was also only the second debate. The debate was remarkable as being on contested only by the 5 main opposition party leaders. There was no David Cameron and no Nick Clegg. It ended with Ed Miliband making a direct appeal to the Prime Minister to debate him one on one.

Those of you with memories going back more than a couple of weeks, will remember how this came about. Originally the broadcasters had planned a series of three debates: one with Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Farage, one with the Cameron, Clegg and Miliband and then a head to head between the only two Prime Ministerial candidates, Miliband and Cameron. The Prime Minister claimed that this was not acceptable because the Greens weren’t invited. The broadcasters called his bluff by expanding the proposed four way debate into a 7 way debate, including not just the Greens but the SNP and Plaid Cymru. This then also proved unacceptable to the Prime Minster – it was unclear why, some Tories suggested the DUP needed to be included.

This truth was of course that David Cameron didn’t want to debate at all. The man who had been so enthusiastic about them as opposition leader in 2010 was no longer so keen, as it would give Ed Miliband an opportunity to appear before the British public unmediated by the poison dripping daily from the Tory press. However, the broadcasters called Cameron’s bluff and threatened to empty chair him. This potential humiliation forced his hand and behind the scenes Craig Oliver, his Director of Communications, negotiated a deal with the broadcasters in which there would be only two debates: a 7 way one in which Cameron would participate and a 5 way ‘challengers’ debate’ in which he wouldn’t.

That is how we got to the situation on Thursday – with the second and final debate taking place without the Prime Minister. David Cameron’s absence though was not explained by the fact that he had refused to debate, or even that he had arranged for the debate to be a challengers debate. No instead David Cameron’s minions in the spin room explained that the reason the Prime Minister had not turned up was that he wasn’t invited.

This was not just a lie but a laughable lie, given that David Cameron’s squirming to try and get out of the debates altogether had been one of the major political stories of the early part of the campaign. It takes a special kind of Prat to think we would have all forgotten or at least one who is so arrogant that he thinks that his word will be believed even if it amounts to saying ‘up’ is ‘down’.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Demotivatrix April 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Two weeks in a row with the inability to remember that he supports Vila not West Ham?

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: