Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tory hypocrisy

Part 1: Compare and contrast

David Cameron has launched his most audacious bid yet to capture Labour's political ground, claiming that the Tories are the true party of ‘working people’ in Britain. …Cameron says: ‘We must show that, unlike Labour, we will be a party that is for working people, not rich and powerful vested interests.’”

David Cameron has raised more than £100,000 from a private club which offers fundraising lunches at the House of Commons. Oxfordshire residents are charged £480 a year for membership of the club, of which the main perk is two private lunches in the parliamentary dining rooms. … Sir Philip Mawer, the parliamentary standards commissioner, has launched a formal investigation into the Conservative dining clubs. It is against parliamentary rules to use the dining rooms for fundraising.”

Well, that’s a bit rich.

Part 2: ‘Negative, moi? Non!’

Cameron also accuses Labour of “incompetence” and “untrustworthiness” and generating “disgust”. He warns that in 2007, “Labour’s dark side” will come to the fore, in the shape of Gordon Brown.

He adds, speaking through a mouthful of unmelting butter: “we need to prepare ourselves for an onslaught of negative campaigning”.

(Cameron has previously said that Brown is “weak”, “tragic” and “laughable”, and that “I’m fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing.”)

I do hope I’m not being too negative in suggesting that Cameron’s a hypocrite. That would be simply awful.

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