Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me! Well – actually – it’s Happy Birthday to my blog – five years old today.
And I’ve just finished listening to David Cameron’s speech. Long – very very long. But as with most things – it’s not always the size that counts. Strong on image creation, short on tangibles – even in this time of crisis it seems DC cannot come up with the goods. Perhaps once a PR man always a PR man.
‘Fresh answers to the challenges we face’ he said – but none of the ‘fresh answers’ were available for critique. He seems to believe that appearing to be something is enough. The rest of it was rather ‘back to basics’ but without using the actual words. Mending the broken society by sticking it together with platitudes and £6.00 to stay married doesn’t really do it for me.
I guess he is impotent at the present. He doesn’t have the track record of someone like Vince Cable – who actually understands the economy and warned about the debt bubble that was bound to burst (for years). It’s all very well for DC to come now to the table and say how irresponsible this has all been. It’s his mates in the City who took the risks to get their ridiculous bonuses. Dave didn’t utter a word over the last ten years to warn of this – and now he is all too pleased to blame Gordon (who is undoubtedly to blame) but as the Her Majesty’s Opposition – all we got was a deafening silence as Tory types took the money – leaving us the taxpayers to pick up the bill.
Anyway – as you will gather – I didn’t rate the speech. The last thing we need now is more vacuous image style politics. And – he did my pet hate thing of bringing his wife on stage at the end. Those who know me are well aware of my aversion to this – and he kissed her about four times in the space of one minute. Afraid that the snappers didn’t get the photo first time round. Cynical – you bet!