Coffee House

A pundit for a PM

8 July 2014

A new Coffee House competition: who can identify the most pointless comment on events made by our PM?

You’ll be spoilt for choice. Cameron has become, these days, Britain’s uber-pundit. No celebrity death goes unlamented by the PM; no news story is too trivial, or too serious for him to spit out a soundbite, grandstanding, passing judgment, or passing the buck. ‘I am determined that lessons will be learnt,’ ‘This must never happen again’ etc etc.

Here’s a recent one that’s irritated me. After an announcement that airports are to tighten security, DC announced with great gravitas: ‘The safety of passengers must come first.’ Well, yes, thanks PM. First before what? The safety of Islamists?

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  • Anousheh London

    Please don’t imagine what Cameron said, he is only talking the talk of populist Politically Correct claptrap to a dumbed-down, navel-gazing and ignorant, consumerist bunch of Brits, that’s the truth of the matter, nothing else.

  • Ron Todd

    Any body who has worked in a factory next to technical types will know the expression ‘measure twice cut once’ Cameron should try think twice speak once.

  • Terence Hale

    Try “I know the British people and they are not passengers – they are drivers.” I think with respect to riding a camel in the car wash. Sincerity is a commodity bought and sold like everything else.

  • Colonel Mustard

    He doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut and constantly confuses what he should be saying as Prime Minister with what he should be keeping to himself as private opinions. The PM’s office is not a platform for him to air his personal beliefs and values. As they say across the pond “Opinions are like a******s, everyone has one”.

  • Tom W Huxley

    Any remark that includes the words “I’m a massive fan of…”

    • Anousheh London

      why, do you know a Brit who is NOT a massive fan of some bullshit? really?

      • Tom W Huxley

        It always feels a bit uncouth from the mouth of a Prime Minister.

  • MirthaTidville

    Why have we heard so little about Dave wanting to opt back in to the flawed EU arrest warrant system. which thankfully is being blocked by Spain because of the Gibraltar issue. Truely not a man ever to be trusted on Europe..Give us a vote??…aye right course he will!!

    • John M

      Well the answer is in the article isn’t it. If Cameron is putting his earnest face on and showing concern for the orphaned children who stubbed thier toes last year he doesn’t have to engage in any difficult questions about stuff that matters does he.

      I believe it’s called “controlling the narrative” im Mandelson-speak.

  • dado_trunking

    Seven – One!
    I must get rid of my Brazilian coloured sofa and buy a red and black one at once.

  • HookesLaw

    Yawn – another desperate pointless article from the Speccy. Miliband goes round with his mouth shut does he? Cameron is supposed to say ‘no comment’ whenever asked to comment?
    Funny Ms Wakefield you seem to be suffering from the same disease you accuse Cameron of – which is a polite way to say shove off and shut up.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Well, in 10.0 months, your worries will be over, lad. Nobody will be asking your boy Dave any questions, unless they look up on that spike and ask his head, there mounted.

  • Hugh1

    Let’s not forget the passenger rights of Islamists.

    • Anousheh London

      and fat people…

  • WatTylersGhost

    “It has nothing to do with Islam”

    • Dont_Call_Me_Shirley

      That one gets me every time. Comedy gold.

  • Tony_E

    What about a competition for the cattiest piece of ‘journalism’ ?

    I think we have a winner…

  • @PhilKean1

    Not a pointless comment – more a slip of the tongue.

    “Joining the Euro should not have to be a condition of being in the Single Market”

    Thirty years ago, when MPs and journalists were of a higher quality, he would have been taken to task about that statement.

  • Vengeful Fruitcake

    I imagine that he meant that the safety of passengers must come before concerns about large queues.

  • telemachus

    “Lots of people call me Dave, my mum calls me David, my wife calls me Dave, I don’t really notice what people call me.”

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