I can never be described as a fan of the Tory party. There are Tories I respect – some more than others. The Prime Minister I have a degree of respect for. Not as much as I did for John Major but certainly more than I did for the harridan Margaret Thatcher. However one thing I don’t respect is the tendency our Prime Minister has for the idiotic throw away comment that I’m sure he knows is stupid, embarrassing, rude and un-Prime Ministerial as soon as it leaves his lips.
You know the sort of thing…
“Calm down dear” when trying to ape Michael Winner and trying to get one over Angela Eagle or the ridiculous “terrorist sympathisers” jibe at Jeremy Corbyn or any other MP who dared to oppose British air strikes on Syria.
Well in today’s Prime Ministers question time we had another when, answering (if you can actually call it that – the PM rarely actually answers the question when posed by an opposition MP) a question from Jeremy Corbyn he retorted, aiming his jibe at Mr Corbyn and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell…
“The idea that those two right honourable gentlemen would stand up to anyone in this regard is laughable. Look at their record over the last week. They met with the unions and gave them flying pickets. They met with the Argentinians, they gave them the Falkland Islands. They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais, they said they could all come to Britain. The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hardworking taxpayers.”
A bunch of migrants? Hardly Prime Ministerial language and actually rather rude and disrespectful to the people housed in these monstrous camps. Whatever your view on this particular issue to dismiss these people as just a “bunch of migrants” is inflammatory from someone who is supposed to be leading our country. It is the sort of comment I’d expect from the likes of Nigel Farage or, dare I say it, Donald Trump – someone who knows that he needs to poke people with a stick to get his 15 minutes of fame, not from someone who is our Prime Minister and aspirations to be seen a a world leader.
As with the other comments Mr Cameron will of course not apologise. He knows he shouldn’t have said it. He knows the way he said it made him look like a silly little school boy playing up to the others in the classroom trying to get silly laughs from the boorish onlookers, but he won’t say sorry. He will say that it’s not the words that matter but the issues surrounding the words and the point he was trying to make. Quite frankly any point he did try to make was drowned out by the total lack of ‘class’ he showed. He will use measly words that hint of an apology but I guarantee you that “I’m sorry” will not cross his lips.
I’m sure he regretted the words as soon as they left his mouth but like most modern day politicians he is incapable of saying “sorry I messed up. It was a bad choice of words and I have caused insult to people who are freezing and starving in appalling conditions. I’ve reduced a humanitarian crisis into a cheap tabloid sound bite and I apologise for saying it”.
He thinks this would show weakness. I think it would make him look like a leader.