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Thursday 6th February 2014
David Cameron, a man not unfamiliar with unlikely alliances, has just entered into a brand new coalition.
The plight of Kevin Pietersen has brought Dave together with none other than Piers Morgan.
Here’s what the PM had to say to BBC Radio Lancashire on the controversial dropping of the batsman.
“I am an enormous fan of KP and some of my most enjoyable times have been watching him tonking the ball all over the park. I remember a really great moment for me was when he scored a century for England against India and I was allowed to go into the dressing room with the players and they’re allowed to have a beer when they scored a century so I gave him and Ian Bell their celebratory beers and it was a proud moment for me. He’s an amazing man. Look, I don’t pick the England team…
“His average is remarkable. It’s not often I have sympathy for Piers Morgan, but I thought he was making quite a powerful argument this morning on my radio.”
Now, at this point Cameron may have recognised that his comments would cause a bit of a stir, so he swiftly added: “But I’ll let the England selectors pick the England team and I think I’d better stay out of this one.”
Maybe a bit late on that one, Dave.
Fortunately the PM’s spokesman was there to mop up the mess. “Whenever an England team takes the field the PM is right behind them and their captain.” Sorted then.
Thursday 30th January 2014
How to make the case for enhanced data communications surveillance? Ah yes, TV crime dramas.
David Cameron was well aware of his ‘chillaxing’ tag when he gave evidence to the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy, but couldn’t quite stop himself anyway.
He said: “I love watching – as I probably should stop telling people – crime dramas on the television. There’s hardly a crime drama where a crime is solved without using the data of a mobile communications device.”
Friday 24th January 2014
Chuka Umunna is a pretty sharp dresser by politicians’ standards.
But could there be a Glyn Davies-esque error in the future for the Shadow Business Secretary?
He may have given something away after getting somewhat peeved with Andrew Neil’s phrasing for telling him how long the debate about rebalancing the economy had been ongoing.
Here’s the exchange from Daily Politics (from about 18mins).
AN: “I have been talking about politicians rebalancing the economy since you were in short trousers. It never happens and it’s absurd to think you can rebalance the economy to manufacturing…
CU: “Let me come back on that, after your ream of trying to patronise me because I was in short trousers whenever you started talking.
AN: “It wasn’t patronising; it was a factual statement.”
CU: “I actually think it was patronising, but what I would say, I do think it is possible to rebalance the economy. There’s a consensus in business – you may not agree with it – that actually you need an industrial strategy. And to some extent, I think there is a degree of cross-party consensus. Lord Heseltine, probably when I was in trousers as well, Andrew.”
AN: “No, short trousers. You’ve always been in trousers.”
CU: “Short trousers.”
Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Nick Clegg is getting used to celeb callers to his LBC phone-in - he's had Boris, last week we had Zac Goldsmith. Today the DPM went head-to-head with one of the "stars" of Channel 4's love 'em or loathe 'em tale of life on the dole, Benefits Street.
White Dee, (known thus to differentiate her from a black woman on the programme also called Dee), told Cleggers she was a bit peeved about the coalition, but he wasn't quite dead to her yet.
"I did actually vote Labour, because I was very annoyed when you went into coalition with the Tories, but hey ho, do you know what I mean? You can win me back Mr Clegg."
Clegg, who hasn't actually seen the programme, replied with a not at all cringy "aww Dee" before saying he "would love" to meet her. Perhaps wisely, he stopped short of a full-blown promise, we all know what sort of trouble those have got him into in the past, after all!
Wednesday 22nd January 2014
It’s the UKIP topless scandal absolutely nobody has been waiting for.
Oh yes, the Sun has delivered in a big way here, sating your need for images of Nigel Farage in his underpants doing various jobs around the house. This chilling mock-up is in response to his comments about women in employment.
Somehow, there’s not a shot of the UKIP leader cleaning behind the fridge.