Friday, October 13, 2006

Touchy, touchy

Despite removing it from YouTube, Sion Simon's magnum opus, a coruscating attack on Cameron's political weightlessness, proves that on the internet, a meme never dies. Thanks to the unique way it's funded, here it is on the BBC.

To be honest, I thought that it was a pretty poor effort, proving that politicians should not, generally, do comedy. On the other hand, at least it was the party coming out fighting and attacking the vacuity of Cameron's NuTory leadership.

What was even funnier was the Tory response. The voice of youth that is Peter Luff, a leading rentaquote Tory MP told us that Sion had brought 'politics into disrepute.' Meanwhile, the Tory boy elected as MP for Sutton Coldfield (and Sion's northern political neighbour) reckoned that Sion had gone mad.

So, let me get this right. You can highlight that the Tory party is currently a policy wasteland, with just a few tumbleweed ideas blowing around. You can remind everyone that the higher reaches of Torydom is again populated almost entirely by a select group of old school chums from Eton. You can point out that Cameron has done so many U turns on policy in just over a year that he needs GPS to work out which way he is pointing. But have a go at him for wheeling his family out at every opportunity for PR purposes and that's out of order.

Truly, you could not make this up.


Anonymous said...

So PH UK are you defending the video? Do you think it is good?

PoliticalHack said...

I've seen better critiques of Cameron's recent output.

No, the line about it being a 'pretty poor effort' should give you a clue as to my thoughts on the video. It wasn't good, it wasn't particularly funny. It brought to mind schoolboys playing with the school video camera, not politicians trying to make a point.

What intrigued me was the equally hamfisted Tory response and how grossly offended some of them seemed to be by criticism of their leader.

snowflake5 said...

The idea was funny in theory, but badly executed. Also the rule is that MPs should keep their hands clean and get someone else to execute it (preferably someone in the comedy prefession - what happened to all those comedians who were for Labour?). Sion Simon seemed to forget that.

Anonymous said...

1 tory councillor in his constitunecy and he is falling over himself! Imagine what 11 or 12 would do!!!!!!