Month: April 2015

Not The Droid We’re Looking For?

I’ve asked myself this question a few times in recent weeks; I’m still not 100% on the answer which, considering what’s at stake, is bad enough for him. The thought first struck me during one of his last lacklustre PMQs performances and it’s sat in the back of my mind ever since. I’ve been given ample opportunity to dust off this thought during election campaign season and I keep thinking it…

I’m not sure David Cameron actually wants to win this election!

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Sure, his party has been pushing the lines on TV and in the papers, his supporters are out in predictably fawning force, but I’m not sure David Cameron actually WANTS to be our Prime Minister any longer… I think he’s had enough. I think he’s realised that he’s messed up and now it’s difficult to say “we were wrong”. I think, when he announced he didn’t plan to seek a third term as PM in 2020 (should the Tories win on May 7th), he was effectively saying “meh, I’m done with this…” but couldn’t ACTUALLY say it. It wouldn’t do to step down as PM and still push the line the party is taking as that would be seen as weak, but I don’t think his heart is in it anymore.

Yes, he’s been out on the campaign trail – shirt-sleeves rolled up, looking every bit the ‘flustered estate agent with a puncture on his company SmartCar’ – but that’s his job. And we all know that sometimes you have to put a brave face on at work and pretend what you’re doing is bearable, even enjoyable! No. I’m not buying his tired, repetitive slog. I don’t think he wants to win.

You see, I have this theory, this opinion I hold that’s not very popular among many of my friends. I think David Cameron is, at heart, a decent man. Sure, he’s a decent man gone very wrong, but he’s one of the good guys in his party. He has a pretty progressive past for a Tory and he wasn’t especially popular among his party in the early days. Some say he remains a disliked man, within. Of course, he’s no saint. He’s a Conservative, I don’t trust his world view. But he’s a pretty left-wing for a Tory. Yep, I said it. Let that settle in your mind and hope it doesn’t pop your brain. I think he sees that he’s used his son’s death to score political points. I think it sits uncomfortably with him. I think he sees that people are dying as a direct result of policies he’s signed off on. I think this also sits uncomfortably with him. And I think he’s had enough. I hope I’m right.

If the Conservatives lose this election (and I think they still will) I fully expect him to resign as leader immediately. I expect him to retire to the back benches and see his time out quietly, disliked by his party, despised by the people of Britain, a failure. I think he knows this is a likely fate and I think he wishes he’d done things differently, not only from Day One of his tenure as PM, or even as party leader, but from Day One of his political rise. I think he wishes he’d pushed the progressive thing. I think he wants to lose, to disappear with a perceived thread of dignity intact.

Of course, I could be completely and utterly wrong. Maybe this is Cameron in Campaign-mode! Maybe this is him brimming with enthusiasm and self-belief. And if it is, maybe this isn’t the man we need as Prime Minister, the man to make Britain better!

Maybe this isn’t the Droid we’re looking for.

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Mili-Brand

I know. I’m ashamed. I did it! I used the standard tabloid pun. Let’s move on.

Ed Miliband popped into Russell Brand’s place for a chat in the kitchen this week, the video is below. Notice it’s edited choppily, points are glossed over and I’m guessing it’s too late to engage young would-be voters now, since registration closed ages ago. But it’s interesting and entertaining nevertheless. I think Ol’ Miliband just may have won Brand’s first ever vote.

‘Moment Of The Election 2015’!

As some of you may know already I will be recording a podcast discussion of the election with some friends next week. It’ll be posted here and on my Twitter on Election day and the day after…

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One of the things we’ll be discussing is what we would consider to be our “Moment of the Election”. I have a few in my head that are battling it out for the top spot at the moment but anything can happen in a week. A week is a long time etc.

What we want to know from you is this:

What has been YOUR best or worst
Moment of the UK General Election 2015?

It could be anything from a funny or interesting interview, a political gaff, something you’ve seen on TV or read in the paper, whatever you consider to be YOUR ‘Moment of the Election’.

Send us yours! Just write it in the comments below (remember to include your name) or contact me on Twitter @gabundy. Please get involved! I’d love to be able to read a few out next week on our first ever Quinquennial Angry Election Podcast!

Thanks 🙂