Daily Archives: March 25, 2011

Jim Pickard

The catchphrase “I agree with Nick” became something of a joke after the pre-election TV debates a year ago, as David Cameron and Gordon Brown both vied to sound collegiate.

A close examination of Monday’s Libya debate on Hansard shows how Cameron uses courtesy as a Commons tool to win around MPs to his point of view; impressively in this case. Notice how he uses the phrase “I agree” – or variations thereof – to appear statesmanlike again and again. It is hard to imagine Gordon Brown being quite so smooth. Read more