Week 49: Villain – David Cameron

by Jackie_South on December 8, 2015

Tory_VillainThis week, the Prime Minister picks up our regular award for the greatest villain of the last seven days

Last week’s debate on whether we should start air strikes saw many great speeches from both sides of the argument.

Sadly, there were many also in the ten and a half hours of debate that were far less impressive. But it took the Prime Minister, the very man who was leading the debate and should be leading the nation at this time, that scraped the bottom of the barrel.

The night before the Commons debate, David Cameron sought to rally Conservative MPs to vote for war. He told the MPs of the Tory backbench 1922 committee not to “walk through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers”. This smearing of MPs who voted against military action as “terrorist sympathisers” would be a disgraceful attack from any politician, but coming from a Prime Minister who should be seeking to unite a nation in the circumstances is an action unworthy of the office.

It was spun afterwards that he just meant Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, given their past apparent support of the IRA. But that doesn’t wash: the words used were “Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers” – i.e. a number of MPs in addition to Corbyn, not just two MPs including him.

Time and time again in the debate, Cameron was asked to apologise for his remarks. He had ample opportunity to do so and yet did not.

But the disgraceful behaviour did not end there. After years of joining in the chorus of criticism of the Blair government for the ‘dodgy dossier’ that ‘sexed up’ the case for the Iraq War, Cameron was accused in the debate of telling a few porkies of his own, in particular in finding an answer to the criticism that an air war on its own would not defeat ISIS. His response to that was to identify 70,000 moderate rebels who could conduct a ground war.

This claim was denounced by Julian Lewis MP, the Conservative chair of the defence select committee, as Cameron’s own version of the dodgy dossier: ‘bogus battalions’. Number 10 were subsequently forced to admit that the 70,000 comprised disparate forces that were unlikely to act in unison.

So, to get his war, our Prime Minister has both smeared his opponents and lied about a key aspect of the strategy he sought to get MPs to buy into.

Yet again, our Prime Minister has demonstrated his utter lack of character in his actions last week. It is difficult to think of a less honourable person who has held his post in British history.


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nino December 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

“an action unworthy of the office”? Given the many worthy gestures and high standards of transparency truthfulness and integrity displayed by Thatcher and Blair I would have thought that Cameron was working to his job description


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