I should preface what follows by saying that I find David Cameron to be an odious, hypocritical, chinless wonder. In short, I don’t like him. So this perhaps coloured my views of the man at the centre of this film by political journalist, Andrew Rawnsley.
You may best recall Rawnsley as being the author of the controversial book ‘The End of the Party’ in which he was far from complimentary about Gordon Brown, so perhaps this televisual foray into investigating ‘the real’ Cameron was by way of balancing the critical scales.
And as it turned out, Rawnsley didn’t have to do much critical finger pointing himself; Cameron’s ‘supporters’ managed to do that all by themselves. Notably, MP Ed Vaizey, who, in either a moment of candidness or – more plausibly – stupidity, announced that he suspected Cameron’s wife, Samantha, was a closet Labour supporter…
He said, “I could get into a lot of trouble for saying this, but she [Samantha Cameron] might have voted for Blair…
“She might not have voted at all. She’ll be going to the polls in 2010 thinking ‘Is Cameron the real deal or should I stick with Brown?'”
Wow… I wonder if Cameron’s back hurt Vaizey’s knife?
And later – in a moment that was one Vaizey had probably been rehearsing in front of a mirror for days – while discoursing about the prospect of a Tory government being imminent, he said, “Until you’ve got the chicken in place who understands the modernising agenda, you’re not going to lay the modernising egg.”
But irrespective of existential arguments about which came first – or one of the most ludicrous metaphors I’ve heard in a while – Vaizey’s clearly the go-to chicken if you want a duck egg, or if you want to end up with significant amounts of said egg on your face.
However, he wasn’t the only contributor to this film of course – and there were any number of Tory clones who are programmed to spout the party line and who, just like Cameron, don’t have chins of their own – so a breath of fresh air was the contribution of the exceptionally entertaining Peter Mandelson. The man should do stand up; I think that’s his true vocation rather than political spin doctoring…
His bitchiness is of course infamous, his barbs more cutting than the average machete, and his rapier responses were not absent when Rawnsley asked him to sum up what exactly constitutes ‘Cameronism.’ Unlike most of the Tories who struggled to answer that question, Mandelson was right there with, “Cameronism is a reversion to the cardinal principle of Tory party politics, which is that their duty is to be elected.”
And that summed up the entirety of the Tory manifesto for me; power at any cost. Never mind all that what-you-can-do-for-your-country malarkey, the Tories are all about what the country can do for their pockets, and there, I shall cease my rant, or we’ll be here all day.
In short, Rawnsley is clearly a man capable of extracting foot in mouth comments effortlessly, and this film – if only in that regard – was a good ‘un which you can catch on 4oD if you missed it.