Tory unity has lasted exactly one month, as has Dave The Winner’s honeymoon with the press. Needless to say his EU-turn today and then an arrogant schooling G7 news conference has gone down like a cup of cold sick with the travelling press pack.
The PM’s suggestion that “if you’re not certain about something I said yesterday, then ask”, has gone down particularly badly:
Cameron: I definitely did not say what you all heard me say and I'll continue to quote back selective bits of my transcript to prove it
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) June 8, 2015
Many of the Cameron governments problems occur when journalists write down what he says and put it in their newspapers… @jameskirkup
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) June 8, 2015
Extraordinary suggestion from PM that no-one in gov realised there was "misinterpretation" issue until he woke up & saw newspaper coverage
— James Tapsfield (@JamesTapsfield) June 8, 2015
"If you're not clear what I mean – ask!" Cameron tells Mail in Bavaria. Tomorrow's going to be messy.
— Matthew Holehouse (@mattholehouse) June 8, 2015
I am reminded of the words of the former White House adviser, Karl Rove: "If you are explaining, you're losing". #G7Summit
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) June 8, 2015
If Cameron 2.0 is so keen on journalists asking questions, perhaps he might like to reinstate those monthly press conferences that he dodged for the last five years?