It's been a tough old week for David Cameron. First there was the alleged (and unsubstantiated) revelation from his initiation with the Piers Gaveston Society.
A male-only drinking club at the University of Oxford, this club is so loathsome that one of the favourite ‘high-jinks’ of its members was to (reportedly) burn £50 notes in front of homeless people.
Now I’m sure many of us got up to no good during our younger days, but the worst thing we probably did was walk around drunk, singing at the top of our voices with a traffic cone on our heads.
Yet, according to a new book entitled ‘Call Me Dave’, our current Prime Minister is alleged to have got up to all sorts of student shenanigans, including the allegation that Cameron smoked ‘wacky backy’ whilst listening to a spot of Supertramp.
Now, I don’t know which I find more shocking, the pot allegations, or the fact he liked Supertramp. After all, Cameron supposedly prefers The Smiths, not that Johnny Marr is very happy about it. He once famously tweeted: ‘David Cameron, stop saying you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.’
Good for Johnny. He obviously doesn’t want his music endorsed by the Prime Minister.
But it’s not just Johnny Marr. It appears the boy born with a silver spoon is his mouth has suddenly lost his Midas touch when it comes to the right-wing press, too.
Meanwhile, the alleged revelations in the book from Lord Ashcroft, who, it is claimed, has an axe to grind with the Prime Minister, continue to pour out.
After reading the media onslaught against Jeremy Corbyn, who was almost hung, drawn and quartered for not singing the national anthem, the cynic in me is asking why Pig Gate, and why now? If the right-wing press are gunning for you weeks before the Conservative Party conference then you know you’re in trouble. Not only that, but whilst the rest of us tighten our belts and talk austerity, a photograph emerged of dozens of cases of champagne being delivered ahead of the Tory party conference. It’s hardly the way to win the hearts of the voters, many who now rely on food banks to feed their children.
Still, why gun for Cameron now?
There’s speculation he just isn’t blue enough for some party members, and George Osborne or Boris Johnson could do a better job.
Indeed Cameron, who, by the way, went to meet the Danish Prime Minister on the day the Pig Gate story broke ,has stated he doesn’t want to serve a third term. If you were a cynic, you might question whether these latest allegations are, erm, 'timely'. It also makes you wonder whether the Tory party is running a little scared of old-school politician Jeremy Corbyn? Who knows what the truth is, apart from the fact Corbyn seems to have re-ignited politics and engaged many younger voters for the very first time. His old-style values might not be popular with everyone, and some argue he will make the Labour party un-electable at the next election, but I've more time for a politician who stands by his beliefs. And there’s something else to consider here.
Whilst Cameron, Boris, and Co were up to their silly student japes, Corbyn was busy opposing apartheid in South Africa. It certainly gives you some food for thought.
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