Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Jim Pickard

In case you missed it here is a link to today’s Vanity Fair profile of Cameron, with the stand-out line coming from Ed Vaizey (again): “He is, I believe, much more conservative by nature than he acts, or than he is forced to be by political exigency”.

The House of Commons is eerily peaceful today. The consensus theory is that politicians are keeping their heads down ahead of the general election still expected on May 6. (The Budget has been confirmed for March 24).

As a result I’ll have time to blog on Cameron submitting himself to the intense scrutiny of Alan Titchmarsh at 5pm. If it’s interesting. (Their interview may or may not look something like this.)]

TITCHMARSH UPDATE:

5.40pm: The Tory leader still hasn’t had his moment in the sunshine. Sharlene Spiteri is currently singing a song: Xanadu by ELO. If this is ITV cranking up the tension, I’m not sure it’s working.

5.44pm: Cameron is here. He is a “young guy” (pull the other one). He has “drive and passion”. And he’s “in love with this country” (did I hear that right?).

5.45pm: Cameron indicates he will let ministers stay in post for longer. Points out we’ve had five defence secretaries while at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

5.46pm: He prefers neither Coronation Street nor Eastenders. Although he used to watch the latter at university.

5.47pm: Prefers Lily Allen over Lady Gaga (Is this the Lily Allen who said ‘fuc*k you Cameron’ at a recent gig?Read more

Jim Pickard

I was one of those who thought John Bercow would make a poor Speaker of the House of Commons: wrongly.

His put-down to an unruly backbencher today was a classic: “You are as boring as you are boorish,” is the phrase written down in my notebook. Read more