Having been away for a week in Berlin I was little slow on picking up on the news, though I did catch in the Telegraph the piece about Cameron calling Ed Balls a muttering idiot – for one moment I do not believe the faux shock of Ed Balls milking the incident on the news – actually I am not sure how I heard that since I didn’t watch any UK TV whilst I was away, perhaps I read it and put the soundtrack on myself – he is a political operator and knows how to work the system.
Ed Balls also knows how to work the economy, his calls for slower cuts and more investment and the consequences of the savage cuts of the Tory administration creating mass unemployment which is affecting the young and women more, show that he knows what he is talking when critiquing the Government current ‘Plan A’. Doing a ‘told you so dance’ would not be elegant, but he did tell us so.
The apology demanded by Mr Speaker at Prime Minister’s Questions was not forthcoming, and in my opinion the Speaker should be empowered to demand a proper apology and also make Ministers answer questions. Cameron has been really of his game of late, rocked by stupid mistakes of his cabinet, Ministers forgetting important things, like expenses, and a failing economy, no wonder he is tetchy. Being Prime Minister is more than the key to the executive toilet, it is about leading, making decisions and more importantly listening. In 2005 Cameron said this:
I’m fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster,the name-calling, the backbiting, point-scoring, finger pointing
At last Cameron is showing his true colours when under pressure – he is a bully.
The list of Cameron’s insult and slurs is on record and speaks for itself, but just to remind everyone that in the past few weeks he has called Dennis Skinner ‘ a dinosaur’ that he should ‘retire’ and at the beginning of year likened being in debate with Ed Balls as ‘ … facing someone with Tourette’s’. We are finally seeing how low this Eton educated, Bullingdon Club educated thug can stoop. It is worth quoting how The Independent describes the Bullingdon Club which Cameron and Osborne were paid up members:
This was the Bullingdon Club’s class of 1987, members of an exclusive dining society whose raison d’être has for more than 150 years been to afford tailcoat-clad aristocrats a termly opportunity to behave very badly indeed.
We shouldn’t be surprised that he is unable to defend his OmniShambles of a Government – Theresa May getting important dates wrong (after Cameron had publicly defended her) – with no hint of a resignation – Jeremy Hunt forgetting to declare income on the Register of Interests (oh, and looking way too close to the BSkyB when he was supposed to be impartial) Baroness Warsi forgetting she had a Flat on which she was receiving income, and then claiming for expenses when she stayed at “a friend’s house”, that is just a taste of the latest crop of disasters which omits a disastrous Budget where his ‘pal’ Osborne gave money to the rich and took it from the poor – not the first for the Tories. Cameron is unable to realistically defend this major blunders and the fact that his plan just isn’t working, instead he shouts down any opposition.
On Sunday 27 May it was revealed that Cameron’s department had sent an email MPs encouraging to shout down the Leader of the Opposition when he rose to spoke – this is reprehensible and proves the Tories cannot win the argument anymore, that his administration has basically thrown in the towel on being able to justify his policies.
This government is increasingly out of touch and increasingly arrogant, and certainly does not wish to be accountable.
I came back from Berlin, where 70 years they shouted down any opposition, ridiculed them, and decided that Parliament was unaccountable – thank God the Germans have taken the lessons from their history and decided that everyone has a right to be heard, that all arguments should be heard, perhaps we need to learn a lesson from them?