Is Cameron bovvered? Yes, apparently

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2006

The luminous Simon Hoggart clearly struck home last week when he chided David Cameron for his old-school comedy references:

He declared that the prime minister was wobbling over the new EU constitution, which his own representative on the committee had said was “dead, deceased and no more”.

“The government is starting to sound like a Monty Python sketch – so it is time to say, ‘now for something completely different’.”

Why do politicians always use such whiskery pop culture references? Monty Python was 30-odd years ago. Mr Cameron may need classes in modern televisual references, eg: “Am I bovvered? Does my face look bovvered?” It would give him a tiny bit more cred.

Today he rather tangentially accused Mr Blair of being the “David Brent of Downing Street”. No, I didn’t get it either. Perhaps the old jokes really are the best.

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I don’t expect MPs to be up to date on comedy, its not exactly the most important thing.
Anyway, can you imagine many politicians getting away with ‘Am I bovvered?’ they’d be accused of trying to be trendy.

Monty Python is well known by most people likely to be political geeks and other MPs. Its probably better on TV to get lots of laughter than a confused silence.

Of course, Thatcher famously did a ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ sketch which was current comedy, albeit very popular political comedy…

by Tristan on June 28, 2006 at 1:04 pm. Reply #

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