Monday, April 10, 2006
David Cameron Should Sack The Shadow Cabinet Briefer
I woke up this morning to 9 inches of snow, no electricity, newspaper stories about a beleagured Prime Minister. Was I back in 1973 and experiencing a 'Life on Mars' moment? Sadly not. No Ford Cortina outside the front door - although being from Essex, you won't be surprised that my first car was an orange Cortina, which became known as the Big Jaffa. I wrote it off on my 20th birthday by hitting a Transit van head on at 50 miles an hour. Not nice. Especially as my two sisters were with me. And no seat-belts. Ouch. Anyway, I digress. The newspapers this morning carry a story about David Cameron's 3 day jaunt to Norway later in the month to research climate change. Apparently some prick of an anonymous "senior shadow minister" (I'm mincing my words this morning) doesn't approve and thinks that Dave should be out on the streets knocking on doors for the local elections. This person is quoted as saying: "I think it really is barmy to be jetting off to do this in the middle of an election campaign. There will be Conservatives all over the country knocking on doors, and where is he? He's off looking at glaciers in Norway. I'm afraid he's missed the target - it just has the feel of a gimmick." I have to say this is very odd language for a 'senior' Shadow Cabinet member to use, but assuming it hasn't been made up who could it be? What I would dearly love is for the Cameroon Secret Police to find out who it was and then have a very public execution and sacking (not necessarily in that order). If people have criticism of David Cameron they should put their name to it, or at least have the guts to say it to his face, rather than creep behind the anonymity of a newspaper. Have we learned nothing from the past, where it became de rigeur to brief, brief and counterbrief? It must stop, and stop now, or Francis Maude's prediction on Saturday will come true.