If you can’t beat ’em, well, nick their best lines… that was the message sent out by David Cameron in his hastily arranged
home made video Party Election Broadcast last night, in which he recycled a magnificent 7 (seven) Cleggisms, striving in vain to out-nice the nice guy and keep the wolves from the door.
Here they are:
1. Dave said: “people are desperate for change”; on March 1 2010, Nick said: “The people I meet…they’re desperate for change.”
2. Dave said: “you have got to be prepared to talk to people straight”; on March 24 2010, Nick said: “being straight with people about the tough times ahead”.
3. Dave said: “not just tell people what they want to hear”; on December 29 2009, Nick said: “People don’t want leading politicians just telling people what they want to hear. There’s got to be more to it than that.”
4. Dave said: “our country also needs real energy and optimism”; on December 19 2007, Nick said: “What I am interested in is projecting the message of optimism and energy.”
5. Dave said: “it means completely changing the way this country is run”; on January 20 2010, Nick said: “I think we need to completely change the way things are run.”
6. Dave said: “We’ll pass another queens speech, we’ll pass a few more laws… does anyone think we are going to crack crime by one more Criminal Justice Bill?”; on November 18 2009, Nick said: “It’s like passing a law promising to get up early every morning. You don’t pass a law – you just do it.? Is it not time for this government to accept that passing laws doesn’t cut crime.”
7. Dave said: “[no] more of the old politics, we might even be left stuck with what we have got now, that is why we need a new Conservative government”; on March 24 2010, Nick said: “old politics is not good enough any more”.
Hat tip to the Labour party for doing the digging on this and putting it in a press release. As Lord Mandelson said:
“David Cameron has spent four years saying what he thinks people want to hear and now when he believes people want to hear Nick Clegg, he starts imitating him. David Cameron has lost his real voice, assuming he had one in the first place.”
Poor Dave; y’know, he was the future once…