Cameron nicks Obama’s line after three days


7:22 pm - August 15th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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In a speech responding to the riots, David Cameron said:

The restoration of responsibility has to cut right across our society.

Because whatever the arguments, we all belong to the same society, and we all have a stake in making it better.

There is no ‘them’ and ‘us’ – there is us.

We are all in this together, and we will mend our broken society – together.

[Emphasis mine] That was said this morning and it was his punchline.

But only three days ago, US President Barack Obama used that same line in a speech:

There’s no them and us – it’s just us

Oh dear. Perhaps Cameron needs to get a better speech-writer?

(hat tip @spygun and @chuzzlit)

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This is obviously a very very slow diplomatic tit for tat war after Joe Biden stole Kinnock’s speech, expect President Bristol Palin (Americans For Liberty Constitution Party sponsored by Koch Industries) to use a line from a Prime Minister Romeo Beckham (English Conservative Defence Party- Because you’re worth it) speech sometime in 2035.

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Monkey see monkey do

Hmm. This isn’t really an uncommon idea surely. It’s expressed pretty clearly and using mostly the same words in this video http://youtu.be/PEtIR0xHDfk?t=2m32s from 2008.

Bill Clinton used the line in his stump speeches in 1992. http://anthonycooper.blogspot.com/2011/08/stealing-stolen-lines.html

Is it even possible to steal a cliche? It’s one of the most time-worn phrases imaginable.

This is what speech plagiarism looks like:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/alexmassie/3257211/brown-does-a-biden.thtml


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