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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The elusive Mr Cameron: how long can the ploy last?

This article of mine appears in today's First Post.

Contrast Cameron's first months in office with Tony Blair's in 1997. In the summer of 1997, the new British Prime Minister was here, there and everywhere, announcing new government initiatives on what seemed to be a daily basis, hob-nobbing with 'Cool Britannia' pop stars at Number 10 and stealing the show with his reading from 1 Corinthians 13 at Princess Diana's memorial service.

This summer we've seen plenty of Nick Clegg, deputy PM, of George Osborne, the Chancellor, of Foreign Secretary William Hague and of Business Secretary Vince Cable. But of the man who is supposed to be running the country, we have seen remarkably little. Dave has been almost as elusive as Mrs Mainwaring in repeats of Dad’s Army.

You can read the whole of the piece here.

1 comment:

neil craig said...

There is much to be said for politicians doing nothing. Nobody e4ver knows who the leader of switzerland is & they seem to do ok. In Cameron's case I would be much happier to see Osborne & Hague doing things, since I think they are somewhat competent & Cameron isn't.