YouTube ‘cos we want to: Tory leaders special

Welcome to this latest instalment of our new LDV feature rounding up some of the best/worst/most curious political videos doing the rounds.

How could I not start with David ‘Veer are yur papeers?’ Cameron’s indulgence in a bit of outdated xeno-stereotyping. I find it hard to get worked-up by it – and it certainly doesn’t qualify as racist. It’s just not very Prime Ministerial, is it?

Speaking of not very Prime Ministerial, let’s remind ourselves of one of the prime reasons the Tories are so relieved to have Mr Cameron as their leader: Iain Duncan Smith, here in full oratorical flow ‘turning up the volume’:

And then, finally, let’s remind ourselves of two more of Mr Cameron’s failed non-Prime Ministerial predecessors – William Hague and Michael Howard – as their frighteningly similar interviews with BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman are juxtaposed for our viewing pleasure:

By the way, if a Labour cabinet minister had blustered and evaded in the way Mr Hague so deperately did, you can bet the video would have gone viral around the Tory/MSM blogs within a day.

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10 Comments

  • If more MPs made pledges that the ID cards were going in the bin guaranteed then I’d not be too bothered about them prefacing it with any sort of comedy accent.

  • Tom Papworth 17th Jun '09 - 11:12pm

    I think it is more of a cultural reference than a racial one. We’ve all seen the b&w WWII movies and we all knew exactly what he was referring to.

    It is too easy to try to make political hay out of an off-the-cuff comment.

  • Herbert Brown 18th Jun '09 - 12:00am

    Am I missing something? Where’s the Hague clip?

  • Oh well I suppose this sort of thing appeal to the streak of bitchiness in the Lib Dems.

    Is this the time to mention Lib Dem leader’s libidos or sobriety?

    Probably best not, since the Lib Dems face losing so much at the next election…. Give them their crumbs of comfort.

  • Terry Gilbert 18th Jun '09 - 6:42am

    I disagree – the competition you line up for him above is hardly inspiring! And this (Labour) clip misses the real point – the way he dealt with the woman who questioned the wisdom of the German accent. That makes Cameron look more like a typical Tory/Eton/Bullingdon twit. My largely apolitical wife heard it (on Radio Norfolk – 9am news, 16/6), and considered it a gaffe. This is the man who wants to sit down at the EU and G8 and negotiate with German ministers, for goodness sake, – and he can’t avoid comedy Nazi accents? I hope it – and his lame response – makes HIGNFY.

  • “non-Prime Ministerial predecessors”?

    Please name a Liberal Democrat Prime Minister.

  • Nice one Cameron!

    Damn right there’s nothing wrong about being conservative about the rights that we’ve worked for during the past millennium.

    actually speaking as a Brit who lives on the continent (and therefore very pro-europe etc)

    there’s nothing wrong about pointing out just how very authoritarian European culture is

    European’s are forced to carry ID at all times

    European policemen are permitted to carry firearms

    I’d suggest that any liberal should be trying to fight against European authoritarianism

    It must be said Cameron is a liberal leader of a conservative party

    Clegg is an authoritarian leader of an overwhelmingly liberal party

    There’s some irony there

  • @Terry Gilbert

    “he can’t avoid comedy Nazi accents?”

    hahaha

    what so a German accent automatically implies being Nazi?

    By the same logic a Spanish accent would make you a Falangista

    You’re not doing too well on the politically correct front there mate

  • Better the sinner that repenteth ? Never mind the accent, let him be a human being.

    “You find the government keeps shifting it’s argument about ID cards.”

    Back in December 2004 from BBC news.

    “The Tories are to back controversial government plans to introduce ID cards.
    The shadow cabinet revealed its support ahead of next week’s Commons vote on a bill to introduce compulsory ID.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4093583.stm

    “if we did something so un British”
    Of course the UK has had ID cards – time was when Conservatives claimed to know about history.

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