Saturday Seven Up

7upAt the beginning of the week Oliver Letwin put his foot in his mouth, again, telling Boris Johnson that: “We don’t want more people from Sheffield flying away on cheap holidays”. It looked like a disastrously out of touch gaffe as millions of “squeezed middle” swing voters prepare to go on their cheap annual holiday away from austerity. David Cameron inadvertently provided the perfect rebuttal by flying away on a cheap Ryanair flight. On Thursday this blog’s readers saw him pictured with Sam looking grumpy in a way that fellow cattle class travellers will recognise.  On Friday it was front page news around the world…

Political hacks agreed it was the best PR Cameron had got in months. Sceptical media cynics reckoned it was too good to be true and that it was a Downing Street inspired photo-op, BBC and Sky hacks speculated that it was a set-up and even admired the cleverness of the user-generated-content style camera phone shot. Somewhat flattering Craig Oliver’s abilities…

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Quote of the Day

Charles Clarke says Cameron is the most successful PM for over a century…

“Under Margaret Thatcher the Conservatives gained 99 seats. They lost 211 under John Major, gained one under William Hague, quickly and wisely got rid of Ian Duncan-Smith, gained 32 under Michael Howard and have so far gained 133 under David Cameron who, to the great surprise of many (including senior Conservatives), has turned out to be the most electorally successful Tory leader since 1900.”

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