Cameron’s story about X-factor blows up in his face


3:35 pm - December 10th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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David Cameron hosted a lunch for the press gallery today in the House of Commons.

At one point he was asked as a joke whether he had voted to keep Nadine Dorries in the jungle on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. He answered in the negative.

But this is David Cameron, yo! And he is down with the yoof! Not wanting to sound out of touch he added that he had once voted for Will Young on X-factor because his daughter asked him to.

Except, that Will Young won Pop Idol in 2002, and Cameron’s daughter Nancy was born in 2004. Nice try Cameron.

It’s like the ’40 yr old black man black man’ that Cameron met just before the leadership TV debates in 2010, who was worried about immigration. That man had joined the Royal Navy 30 years ago.

(hat tip @paulwaugh)

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Reader comments


Well. Never mind.

(hat tip @paulwaugh)

I’m glad someone’s keeping track of these major stories.

3. Jonathan Bagley

You’d think he might have learned a lesson from Tony Blair watching Jackie Milburn play football.

I like this site a lot, but this story is just a massive so what? Does this really constitute a gaffe?

keep this earth shattering news up, Cameron a lying bastard well who would think that eh!

Don’t forget the pasty shop in Leeds station.

Yes it does constitute news because Cameron seems to keep saying these nonsensical anecdotes. It shows a part of his character that likes to pretend or tell fibs to hoodwink the public when really there is no reason to.

C’mon, give the guy a break, first, his only job experience is PR, second politics – a lie is the default position for both occupations.
We know they know no other way, even if they don’t.
More to be pitied than blamed.

you aint gonna get sweet fa in life in you dont tell lies as a politician,cameron is quiet an impressive liar,but not the best in parliament,i award that gong to gideon osborne

My own view is that this sort of thing actually does matter:

1) It’s a lie,
2) It’s about being “a regular guy”,
3) It suggests advice from spads.

It’s important to be fair though isn’t it? This seems odd coming from “Headline” Sunny of Labour.

I remember about a decade ago when Hague tried to make the tories hip by getting the shadow cabinet to state they loved music and name dropping bands. Oliver Letwin just said ‘sorry, I prefer classical music’ and didn’t play the game. My opinion of him went up as a result.

So how many X-Factor fluffs and ‘Pastygate’ gaffs does it take to add up to one ‘We have proof that Saddam Hussein has Weapons of Mass Destruction which he can launch in 45 Minutes’?

13. margin4error

Planeshift

That’s the one that gets me. Quite why he feels the need to fit in in this way is beyond me, given that most people accept that a PM will probably be a bit busy for a lot of the things they take for granted.

14. Chaise Guevara

@ 13

I remember it being reported as an “embarrassment” for Brown that he couldn’t name all of the Harry Potter books (or something) and Cameron could.

I was somewhat bemused.

So how many X-Factor fluffs and ‘Pastygate’ gaffs does it take to add up to one ‘We have proof that Saddam Hussein has Weapons of Mass Destruction which he can ”
Unfortunately even your Tories would have gone to war and used the same excuse.


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  1. Jackie

    Cameron’s baby wasn’t even born when she ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/fAVRwHNa via @libcon

  2. slip_rehill

    what a toad /// RT @sunny_hundal Cameron’s baby wasn't even born when she apparently ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor http://t.co/PAOVNhpZ

  3. Ben Raza

    @David_Cameron has time-travelling daughter who got him 2 vote 4 X-Factor b4 she was born http://t.co/kwH7R7f7 #GetsMyVote

  4. Steve Hynd

    #Cameron – down wit da yoof http://t.co/HZEuNG2Q via @sunny_hundal

  5. No Timescales

    Cameron’s baby wasn't even born when she apparently ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor http://t.co/cmgzcKQN

  6. john larsson

    Cameron’s baby wasn’t even born when she ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/TGMaEf7G via @libcon

  7. Judith Webb

    Cameron’s baby wasn't even born when she apparently ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor http://t.co/cmgzcKQN

  8. Andy Richards

    This is like Blair's "Jackie Milburn" moment
    Cameron’s baby wasn’t even born when she ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor http://t.co/qXizS0yi

  9. Neil Partridge

    Cameron’s baby wasn’t even born when she ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/1KvNyRBc via @libcon

  10. Neil Partridge

    Cameron’s baby wasn't even born when she apparently ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor http://t.co/cmgzcKQN

  11. Rob K.

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  12. Ray Stewart

    Cameron’s baby wasn’t even born when she ‘asked him’ to vote on X-factor | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/cBuTYqXY

  13. Mugwump

    More examples of why it must be so awful to be a party political hack: http://t.co/nZGQjsuU





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