Archive for the ‘David Cameron’ Category

The 10-year challenge is catnip to narcissists. Speaking of which … | John Crace

Also this week: the two-horse race for worst PM of all time, and Piers Morgan being a snowflake

Take your pick. Either Gillette must be struggling to believe their luck or their marketing bods have done a brilliant job creating a backlash to their new advert to send it viral. I’ve watched it several times now and I’m still struggling to see what all the fuss is about. It’s basically just a slick sales pitch in which men are shown they can learn how to behave decently towards women and not bully each other, providing they shave regularly and don’t grow beards. Hardly controversial you would have thought, but it’s enough to have sent some rightwing organisations and Piers Morgan into a meltdown. For someone who has built a career out of saying the outrageous, Morgan has turned out to be a bit of a snowflake himself. He immediately announced he was boycotting all Gillette products because the advert was an affront to masculinity. Men should be allowed to be real men. Gillette must be gutted to lose his business. But it makes you wonder what kind of advert would make Morgan happy. Perhaps one where a man lies in bed while his wife gets the children up, before going to the bathroom where he farts loudly while shaving. He smiles, because that’s the best a man can get.

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Look, David Cameron has got his trotters up – again

First, there was the 20 grand shed shed. Now he’s back from a £1,700 a night luxury resort. If only he would show the slightest remorse for Brexit

Has there ever been a more devastating analysis than Danny Dyer’s of our former prime minister? It’s the final word in the nation’s ultimate caption competition: David Cameron sitting on the steps of his 20 grand shed. Trotters up. Here he is again, as tanned as classy furniture, on his way home from a sun-soaked (© the Mirror) £1,700 a night luxury resort in Costa Rica. I want to know what you get for that kind of money. But first, the urgent business – trotters up.

I thought the image to end them all was Caitlin Moran’s, when she said before the 2010 election that he looked like a C3PO made of ham. That was a calmer era, when we had space to be multidimensional. You have to delve into your robot knowledge and separate C3PO from R2D2 to really appreciate its accuracy. No time for that now. There he is. In Waitrose, with his trotters up.

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After this staggering defeat for May, our island is left lost and adrift | Jonathan Freedland

The prime minister’s catalogue of errors led us to this point. Now we face paralysis and humiliation

This was a defeat on a scale without precedent in the era of universal suffrage, a rebuff more humiliating than any endured even by Ramsay MacDonald in 1924. Some 118 Conservatives voted against the signature policy of their own government, thereby triggering a motion of no confidence that, in any normal era, would see the government toppled within hours.

But such are these extraordinary times, that isnot even the most significant story from Westminster tonight . What matters more than the fate of this government or this prime minister is the fate of the country and its decision to leave the European Union, which is now suspended in a state of limbo if not purgatory. The law says Britain will leave the EU in 70-odd days. Yet tonight it has rejected the only firm exit path that exists. It means that, unless something changes and MPs can reach an agreement with each other, Britain will crash out of the EU on March 29 without a deal – an outcome all but the most wild-eyed Brexiteers regard as an economic and social catastrophe for these islands.

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David Cameron and the art of blaming other people | David Mitchell

No one can accuse the former Tory prime minister of being power hungry. What he’ll be remembered for is passing the buck

David Cameron really loved organising votes for things, didn’t he? That was his answer to everything. I was reminded of this when I read that the elected police and crime commissioners, which his government introduced to oversee the constabularies of England and Wales, aren’t doing a very good job. According to the head of the National Crime Agency, they’re all about stopping speeding and burglary, and not so hot on organised crime, online child abuse and modern slavery.

It’s not surprising. Making some local elected officials the overseers of the police is effectively putting the Neighbourhood Watch in charge of law enforcement strategy. They’re going to address the issues most noticeable to the very small percentage of people who might turn out to vote for them. If they were in charge of healthcare, all the money would go to treating RSI caused by overenergetic net-curtain twitching. Their best chance of arresting a mafia boss is if he plays the music too loudly at his Christmas party.

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Don’t give in to the age of fatalism. Fight back and secure your future | Nick Cohen

Intellectuals, take note: new ideas to oppose populism won’t emerge from the lecture hall

Anyone reading the outpouring of writing the global crisis has provoked must be prepared for anticlimax. There are hundreds of denunciations of Trump’s America, Brexit Britain and the Putinesque dictatorial “democracies” appearing everywhere from Hungary to Venezuela, Turkey to the Philippines.

You turn to the final chapter expecting to hear how to fight back and… answer comes there none. The endnotes flash by, the index rolls and that’s that. You should not be surprised. The global order that developed in the 1980s has failed and to date the only replacement on offer has been authoritarian nationalism that will impoverish and diminish its supporters as much as its opponents.

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