Cameron’s after lunch slip
David Cameron livened up his talk to the Press Gallery lunch in the Commons with a joke about his long delayed and still awaited speech on the question of whether there should be a referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU.
It is a “tantric” speech, he said – it will be good when it comes. Then later he fell victim to the ridiculous modern trap that requires prime ministers to pretend to be just like the rest of us.
Asked whether he had voted to keep Nadine Dorries in the jungle during her brief appearance on I’m a Celebrity, he thought it politic to say no – but then his internal radar warned him that it would not do to sound sniffy about reality television, so he embarked on a story about how he had once voted once, for Will Young, because his daughter told him to.
It took only a few minutes for the story to fall apart, as a quick check established that Will Young won Pop Idol in 2002, while Cameron’s daughter was not born until 2004. If Margaret Thatcher had been asked a question like that she would not even have pretended to know what reality television is. And no one would have dared even suggest that she make a joke about ejaculation.
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