Does PM Have a Death Wish?
I wrote about this footnote for The Independent this morning. I thought the Prime Minister’s words would be seen by most people as a light-hearted and effective put-down of a boisterous Labour front bench.* What I did not mention was the finding from the last ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday, that only 30 per cent agree with this statement:
The fact that David Cameron went to Eton makes it harder for him to be a good Prime Minister for the whole country.
It undermines the Flashman or toff theses that 52 per cent of respondents disagree with this, even if those numbers have moved against Cameron since he was Leader of the Opposition. As ever, the class-based attack on him seems to appeal mainly to the Labour converted.
My article today was a response to what I call the Katwala critique, as advanced by Sunder Katwala, the brilliant outgoing head of the Fabian Society:
The blind spot of much of the political class lies in consistently overestimating David Cameron.
Sunder today criticises my critique of his critique.
Safe to say, we agree that no one should either under- or overestimate Cameron. And he doesn’t have a death wish.
*Update: Meanwhile, on the substance of the argument over NHS changes, Howard Stoate says Cameron misleadingly quoted him.Tagged in: david cameron, headline
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