Cameron has a history of mocking people


10:30 am - January 9th 2012

by Éoin Clarke    


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2009: Cameron mocks Peter Mandelson as ‘an alien life form’ (here)

2010: Cameron mocks Speaker John Bercow as a ‘dwarf’ (here

2010: Cameron jokes about pleasuring Peter Bone’s wife (here

2011: Cameron mocks a Labour Woman MP telling her to ‘Calm Down Dear’ (here)

2011: Cameron mocked Dorries as being ‘fustrated’ (here)

2012: Cameron mocks Balls and Tourette’s sufferers (here)

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Yet again Balls succeeds in rattling Cameron. But of course the Labour party lacked the, well, Balls to choose him as leader. I give up.

Jesus wept. Whatever Cameron has done in the past and whatever his views on the disabled, this is not a significant indicator of his innermost thoughts. This remark regarding Tourette’s is not something there is (nor should there be) any political mileage in. He made an of the cuff remark that we all sort of see what he is driving at, rightly or wrongly. He may have had a misjudged joke backfire, but there is no need to attempt a character assassination.

Now had he said something of substance, like ‘Tourette’s sufferers need to bite their lip’ or something crass like that, then we should be kicking his gonads up and down the street, but this isn’t it.

In short:

1) Remark made
2) Reaction made
3) Apology offered

At that point the correct response should be ‘fair enough, but we will get you next time’ and move on.

There are much more important issues that a remark made of the cuff regarding the subject of disability (and Tourette’s) for genuine outrage, so the faux outrage is not needed.

Ed Milliband mistyped ‘Blockbusters’ this week too, but it is not a hanging offence, not really.

But is this a feature or a bug?

He’s mocked 6 people? Ill beat this on the bus ride home.

Now go and say this to your manager or boss at work and see what response you will get.

David Camron thinks that he is above everyone else. He is out of touch and out of control.

6. Chaise Guevara

Wow, politicians taking this piss out of each other? You’ll be telling me Labour and the Tories aren’t friends next!

Anyhoo:

“Cameron mocks Balls and Tourette’s sufferers”

No he didn’t. The comment was offensive because he effectively used “Tourette’s” as an insult, but he wasn’t actually targeting people with the condition.

“Cameron mocked Dorries as being ‘fustrated’”

No he didn’t. Some of the more childish members of the house giggled when he said the word. PMs don’t normally attack their own MPs in public.

“Cameron mocks Peter Mandelson as ‘an alien life form’”

So?

“2011: Cameron mocks a Labour Woman MP telling her to ‘Calm Down Dear’”

Poorly phrased, that one, and it was stupid of him to do it. But it did come off as a traditional crappy politician’s joke (i.e. borrowing the phrasing from a tv advert) rather than an intentionally sexist put-down.

I don’t know about the other two. But seeing as your mispresenting some of his comments, and acting as if politicians mocking each other is a big deal, I don’t have much faith in them being smoking guns.

But are you not the feelings of Mr Cameron possibly be hurting by pointing this out? Am I correct that the joke making is wrong, and the stereotyping is wrong? If that is the case, I am apologising on behalf of all people who have ever been unkind. You are calling the sensitivity police, no? But it is not necessary. I shall turn myself into the sensitivity department for my detriments in the past. It is my duty as a citizen not to hurt the feelings. If we are all to offend the peoples unnecessarily, the sensitivity hospital A and E department cannot cope, and the innocent peoples are suffering as the result. But I am noticing, in my stereotyped way, that the comments policy is saying “Abusive, sarcastic or silly comments may be deleted”. I am asking for the mercy please. If you are deleting my comment on the grounds of silliness, you are deleting my sincere apology also. I can speak on behalf of the whole people of a northern European nation, in saying that we are all, to a person, offended by the behaviour of the Prime Minister. If you wish for evidence, I can have a probe inserted into the being offended area of my brain which will light up yellow or red on the brain scan, to show that I am truly offended. And meanwhile, the right wing are saying that we must a thicker skin to have. Words are failing me.

Well, that was big of you Sunny, to let my previous comment through. But seriously, if mocking people for some personal characteristic/feature is wrong, then it must be wrong to mock people on the grounds of their class, that they were sent to a public school, that they went to Eton, that they happened to be born to rich, that is, the wrong kind of, people? Doesn’t this mockery happen routinely, day in day out, in the house of commons and elsewhere, from the left? I don’t condemn it in the slightest. Mockery is part of the rough and tumble of everday life. And so it should be.

Aw diddums. Did the nasty Cameron say something rude? Go on, call him ‘Flashman’ back if it makes you feel better.

This site routinely claims that Tories hate the poor and disabled, which is twaddle, but is more vitriolic and downright low than calling Mandelson an alien life form.

It’s what one learns at Eton.

11. James from Durham

You mean Peter Mandelson isn’t an alien life form?

It simply shows how brainless and humourless Cameron is. Modern Tories are a long way below the standard of people like Michael Jopling who said of Hezza “the trouble with Michael is that he had to buy his own furniture”

@2

Ed Milliband’s typo made the front page of the Sun on Saturday. No such coverage to Cameron’s comment which was fully intended and the two incidents really don’t compare. Even so, the Tourette’s comment was not the end of the world but in conjunction with the other incidents listed above it is painting a picture of the man in a less than favourable light.

His insults shows lack of originality – I blame his background.

Again, how is this okay? You substitute “Down’s” into that sentence in place of “Asperger’s” and see how it scans then…

Seeing a picture of Cameron fondling a puppy is quite frankly, sinister. It doesn’t engender any feeling of trust in me that he was ever the right man for the job, and it never will, even if he kisses a thousand babies or cuddles a million puppies.


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