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

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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