YouTube 'cos we want to: Tory leaders special

by Stephen Tall on June 17, 2009

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 Cameron’s indulgence in a bit of outdated xeno-stereotyping.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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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.

by Hywel on June 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm. Reply #

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.

by Tom Papworth on June 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm. Reply #

Can we please have a new title for these threads? PLEASE? I don’t like having Hazel Blears forced into my brain.

by Jennie on June 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm. Reply #

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

by Herbert Brown on June 18, 2009 at 12:00 am. Reply #

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.

by Old Hack on June 18, 2009 at 6:28 am. Reply #

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.

by Terry Gilbert on June 18, 2009 at 6:42 am. Reply #

“non-Prime Ministerial predecessors”?

Please name a Liberal Democrat Prime Minister.

by Jamie on June 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm. Reply #

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

by Monkee on June 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm. Reply #

@Terry Gilbert

“he can’t avoid comedy Nazi accents?”


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

by Monkee on June 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm. Reply #

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.”

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

by Mouse on June 19, 2009 at 11:58 am. Reply #

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