Saturday, May 16, 2009

David Cameron becomes the de facto Prime Minister

When David Cameron suspends election campaigning in order to address the nation on what is fast becoming a constitutional crisis, we get a glimpse into the calibre of the man and the potential greatness of his leadership. His actions have dwarfed those of Gordon Brown, and his words reverberate with authority. Mr Cameron has led the way, and done so with moral conviction. This address establishes that David Cameron is made of the very stuff of which those former Conservative leaders in His Grace's sidebar are made. And one day Mr Cameron may find himself among them.


Blogger Stonemason. said...

Well said your Grace.

16 May 2009 at 10:20  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Here here.

Cameron has shown himself a true and decisive leader. Have you thought of standing in Bracknell, Your Grace?

16 May 2009 at 10:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree totally.

Gordon Brown has abrogated any claim to the title of Prime Minister by allowing Ministers who have been exposed as carrying out expense and tax evasion scams to remain in Office.

There must be dismissals (not resignations) and prosecutions.

16 May 2009 at 10:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An impressive speech but not impressive enough to vote for.

Remember that the Conservatives are just another lot of Bilderberg stooges.

16 May 2009 at 10:57  
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16 May 2009 at 11:19  
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16 May 2009 at 11:22  
Blogger Apostate Guardianista said...

Shut your eyes and it's Tony Blair - Cameron emotes in all the right places but Your Grace is obviously too 'all of a flutter' to see that the Heir-to-Blair will continue the huge statist project of his idol whilst simultaneously continuing to hand over our ancient freedoms to Brussels.

16 May 2009 at 11:24  
Anonymous len said...

I think the responses to the current expenses fiasco speak volumes of the characters of David Cameron and Gordon Brown.
David Cameron appears to be dealing with the situation with honesty, but Gordon Brown appears to be trying to kick the situation 'into the long grass'

16 May 2009 at 11:36  
Anonymous upbeatskeptic said...

But isn't Cameron the very same man who hired and relied upon the very same chap against whom you launched such a powerful invective yesterday? I'm guessing you had a pop at Brown for his political judgment and questionable tactics in employing McBride, why not the same for Cameron? After all, according to yesterday's post at any rate, it seems clear that it wasn't just Mackay's financial irregularities that you found repugnant, but his whole modus operandi...

I'm a supporter of Cameron too, but I fear the day when we elect our leaders according to personality politics.

16 May 2009 at 11:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I honestly thought this fiasco was just a part of the EUs agenda of shutting down Parlaiment.

Its a decent talk he gives, at this point we need anything that helps steady the boat a bit and could boost those green shoots of recovery.

We will all need to pull together to sort out this National Debt, now the Politicians are getting on board and rowing with us, rather than just beating the drums, all we need now is Industry and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

We tried Education, Education, Education and look where that got us :)

16 May 2009 at 12:03  
Blogger Manfarang said...

I suspect David Cameron is inside as burned up with hatred as the man he once wrote speeches for- Ian Gow.

16 May 2009 at 12:10  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

I admire your enthusiasm Your Grace, but remain skeptical. Once in power it will be interesting to see how Dave and his party shapes up. Just another wolf in sheep's clothing?

16 May 2009 at 12:14  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Gee - give Dave a good word, and the Labour Luvvies come crawling out the sewers.

Your man is dead in the water, and I hope when he sinks like a whale he takes you with him.

I never thought I could actually loathe a political party but you disgust me.

16 May 2009 at 12:53  
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16 May 2009 at 13:20  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"Call me Ishmael"

Labour Luvvies! ha

16 May 2009 at 13:27  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Apart from saying sorry like Fr Jack

and giving us a good laugh, I think DC did the best in the circumstances.

I thought that it was a pretty good speech and he seemed sincere. I would have liked to see him demand that Tory MPs who were in disgrace resigning their seats and applying for reselection and if successful, standing in the subsequent bye election. That would have been taking the moral high ground.

By the way, Your Grace do you note that Gordon Brown shares his name with Dan (and his double turkey award with da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and perhaps in future Doctors and Nurses..? Tarts and Vicars..?) Brown. Do you think they might be related?

16 May 2009 at 13:47  
Anonymous jingouk said...

So far so good, but it is not yet far enough.

Repayment of past monies obtained for those things that they will no longer claim for backdated to the start of this miserable parliament.

Opportunities for deselection by local bodies once expense review is complete for a MP.

16 May 2009 at 14:12  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

"I honestly thought this fiasco was just a part of the EUs agenda of shutting down Parlaiment."

It may as well be.

As a party leader, soon to become prime minister, Cameron has a vested interest in fostering a weak, compliant parliament. Its job will be – as it is now – to constrain the executive, which he will lead. Never waste a good crisis.

16 May 2009 at 14:13  
Anonymous Philip said...

I agree absolutely about the primeministerial and statesmanlike nature of this broadcast. Just because Mr Cameron may remind some of Tony Blair, this doesn't mean he shouldn't be supported. It's polices and ideas that should be the determining factor more than anything else. For example his policies to help mend our broken society, our broken economy, and our broken politics. I'm less sure whether his positions on the threat of militant Islam (e.g. the Geert Wilders affair), or the impact of the 'gay agenda' on our society and on freedom (e.g. his siding with Labour against freedom for the RC adoption agencies), or on the EU, are adequate. However things like supporting marriage in the tax system as a way to help mend our broken society, and encouraging responsibility and thrift in the economy, are spot on what is needed.

16 May 2009 at 14:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel said...
"Gee - give Dave a good word, and the Labour Luvvies come crawling out the sewers."

Credit where Credits due Rachel, if you know what I mean, nudge nudge wink wink, say no more.

A little lawful rebellion and a lot of pressure from hmrc goes a long way to making these politicians see their arses.

I have a great deal of respect for 'the company' I keep ;D

16 May 2009 at 14:40  
Anonymous Penny said...

As an undecided voter, I didn't find this speech particularly impressive. To me, it smacked of political opportunism.

According to Ros Scot, Nick Clegg has apparently been trying to get Cameron and Brown to work on a cross-party basis to clean up the system. Neither appear to have been overly-worried about this issue until it exploded in the public domain.

Call me an old cynic....

16 May 2009 at 14:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your an old cynic......opportunistic how come ?
Showing far more leadership than the incredible sulk,who has maintained his well earned reputation as being totally out of his depth.

16 May 2009 at 14:54  
Blogger Alfred the Ordinary said...

Good speech, but we've gone beyond this. Will he call for a vote of no confidence?

Philip, on the EU, sadly the Conservative Policy is similar to Nu-Labours.

"It is the Conservative Party’s view that Britain benefits from our membership of the European Union. The EU does much that is worthwhile. The Single Market allows services, workers and goods to move freely across Europe. The tangible benefits such as cheaper telephone calls, air travel and internet access are enjoyed by tens of millions of Britons.

The EU also provides a unique means for us to work together with our European partners on shared challenges which Europe’s nation states by themselves cannot deal with; and with enlargement, the goal of EU membership has persuaded not just governments but whole societies to raise their standards across the board. Britain has an enormous amount to gain through co-operation and free trade in Europe. That is why we want Britain to be a positive participant in the EU, championing liberal values."

16 May 2009 at 14:55  
Anonymous James C said...

And yet, the fabulously wealthy Cameron still soaks the taxpayer for his gigantic mortgage payments.
Has anyone checked to see who paid for his windmill?
I won't mention Wisteria.

16 May 2009 at 15:22  
Anonymous Penny said...

'Your an old cynic......opportunistic how come ?'

Well, perhaps the years of Blair spin, acting and insincerity have left their mark, Anon.

To me, Cameron appears to be playing to the gallery. The 'I'm going to make this apology rather than an election speech' is, in my view, an election speech nonetheless. Transparently so.

16 May 2009 at 16:01  
Blogger Gnostic said...

David Cameron hasn't suspended his election campaign. The expenses scandal has become his election campaign. It's given him an opportunity to show people how tough he is. If this is tough then God help us.

David Cameron appears to be indulging in 20/20 hindsight damage limitation. Any leader with political nous would have appointed trusted people to commence an internal investigation weeks ago, back when Jacqui Smith was put under the microscope. Or at least back when it was announced that MPs expenses claims were in the public domain and available to the highest bidder. Instead he sniped at Brown's pathetic attempts to shut the stable door and did precisely San Ferry Ann. Surely he wasn't naive enough to assume it was only NuLab and LibDim snouts in the trough?

Only when the Daily Telegraph began outing the expenses abusers did Cameron begin his public hand wringing and contrition. Most people I know could see how this would turn bad when the Smith scandal broke. Not so our valiant Leader of the Opposition.

How come Cameron failed to see the elephant in his lounge? Didn't it smell bad enough? Didn't it trumpet loud enough? Why didn't he seize the initiative back in April? I would have respected him much more if he had. Is it because he hoped it would all go away? Did he hope his popularity would override the rising anger?

While he's focused on fraudulent Tories and making it top of his political agenda he can't possibly be concentrating on preparing for government. The electorate are still waiting to hear what he is proposing to do in order to address the failing economy. We'd also like to know when he's going to stop dithering over the EU and give us a referendum. If Osborne's ridiulous green agenda is anything to go by the God really help us.

This dithering is unacceptable. Perhaps he's constantly asking himself, what would Tony do? Maybe he should be asking, what would Maggie do?

I'll tell you what I will do. Come June 4th I'll be voting UKIP. What I'll do in 2010 depends on whether or not Cameron grows a set of big ones, scrounges up some commonsensical judgement and finds the wherewithall to recognise and act on a PREDICTABLE crisis before it rears up and bites him on the behind.

16 May 2009 at 16:27  
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16 May 2009 at 16:27  
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16 May 2009 at 16:43  
Blogger ukipwebmaster said...

Will the 4th of June become judgement day?

16 May 2009 at 17:15  
Blogger ProudGeordie said...

Cameron is just a 'Tory Blair' and autocues just as well as Obama. Let's not forget the Blue Labour Party have had their snouts in the trough too and gorged to their content. The entire place is an Aegean stable, it needs flushing.

UKIP are a Tory 'ginger' party. They have had 10 Years in Europe and done nothing to stem the flow of totalitarianism, fascism, and injustice. Under Farrage they have done nothing but get comfortable nuzzling at the teat of taxpayer gravy. They also need cleansing.

The British National Party are under constant attack by these crooks and charletans, don't you think they are the change we need? We can flog the Tory dead horse or bluff the UKIP busted flush, or give an opportunity to the REAL alternative.

Give them a term, they can only undo the Labour disaster and you never know, they MIGHT just do a good job of of office!

16 May 2009 at 17:25  
Blogger Gnostic said...

If the BNP become the real alternative I'll quit this country forever. Rather that than live under a fascio-stalinist regime that would make Gordon Brown look like the epitome of decency and common sense.

16 May 2009 at 17:48  
Anonymous len said...

I think we should remember that it was the conditions in Germany that became a breeding ground for the National Socialist Party.
And look where that led us!

16 May 2009 at 18:21  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I'm less than impressed. Seems to me he's merely taken the opportunity to sideline the issue that would allow us to take care of our own country and our own problems: we need someone to lead us OUT OF THE euSSR.

Furthermore, what 'genius' dreamed up the imagery here? -- He has his back to the distant and diminutive 'men in the street'; and he stands framed in his expensive, upper level, window. And the black curtains? Remind anyone else of grandparents' blackout days?

16 May 2009 at 19:07  
Anonymous Joshua said...

Your G. Where oh where are the voices of compassion in a world spinning out of control?

Its a right ROYAL disaster.

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal.
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Wallace Stevens

16 May 2009 at 20:20  
Blogger KG said...

If Cameron is the answer, it must have been a damn stupid question.
Another statist, another duplicitous coward who won't stand up for English culture, another who won't roll back the massive tide of state interference in people's lives.
Quite simply, 'same gang, different colours'.

16 May 2009 at 21:11  
Blogger OldSouth said...

It's a start, and Cameron has actually put his finger on the problem and named it: Cultural malaise, that can only be addressed by the embrace of a morally responsible life.

He had jolly well better mean those words, because if this is one more cynical political piece of Clintonian word-spin, I shudder to think what becomes of England.


16 May 2009 at 21:30  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I must admit , i have listend to it a few days apart and i still like it , Takes a brave politician to pull the election bradcast and replace it with a leaders policy to his own mps .

A few years back the conservatives looked like there compass was stuck on magnetic anomaly and hadnt really worked out labours deceptions .

i remember his chez speech and you could see heads starting to turn as his message shot scross europe back home.

Its not really going to be a cushy job for the next goverment and the new conservatives seem to be shedding there early hooligan image and having some of the elements of public service.

labour just keep on steaming ahead to there idealogical dead end , a politial budget trying to prove socialism , a weak cabinet under the rule of the sub prime minister.

the conservatives look like they have lot to offer , and i think there are somthings wrong with our country and all the rubbish its been fed over the last 12 years.

We are broke and we need a new goverment , this current labour one is just literally, wasting everyones time

16 May 2009 at 23:56  
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17 May 2009 at 09:42  
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17 May 2009 at 09:55  
Blogger Manfarang said...

I was a bit too harsh with my comment mentioning Ian Gow.I should speak no ill of the dead.

17 May 2009 at 12:16  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

If the BNP become the real alternative I'll quit this country forever. Rather that than live under a fascio-stalinist regime

Take a look around you at the CCTV Cameras we now have, ever heard of ACPO....our ppolice are now run as a private corporation.

Look at the influence of Gloabalists on our supposed democracy.

Look at MP's and Cabinet ministers attending secretive Bilderberg meetings.

The very definition of Fascism.

19 May 2009 at 14:22  
Blogger thomasrichard said...

If expenses at home were an issue, check out this video about UKIP MEPs

21 May 2009 at 10:27  

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