Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cameron deconstructed

In the Observer, Carole Cadwalladr mounts a very skilful deconstruction of David Cameron. He tries to be "one of the people" by harping on about his love for Gavin and Stacey. However, the characters in the programme are the very antithesis of the perfect family which Cameron strives to encourage:

What's occurring, Dave, is that you're unable to spot a bandwagon without leaping on board it and your attempt to parlay a cultural star's populist appeal into political capital is both pathetic and obvious, only this time around, butt, you're out of your depth.

...David Cameron's problem isn't with his reading of Gavin and Stacey, it's with his reading of everything else. Examine the facts. Nessa is a single mother whose baby is the accidental product of a one-night stand and who is no longer with the child's father. Stacey's mother appears to have no means of support and her uncle is an unemployed homosexual. How do they fit into Tory policies on the family?

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