David Cameron at Leveson: The best bits

A round-up of the best comments made on David Cameron's Leveson appearance.

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So the prime minister’s time in front of Lord Justice Leveson is over, and although there were no Watergate-style revelations for the media to sink their teeth into, there was enough exposed to make the Tory leader squirm awkwardly and go a bit pink in the face.

cameron-levesonThe main highlight was a lengthy text message from Rebekah Brooks that sent newsrooms tittering.

It read:

“But seriously I do understand the issue with the Times.  Let’s discuss over country supper soon. On the party it was because I had asked a number of NI people to Manchester post-endorsement and they were disappointed not to see you.

“But as always Sam was wonderful – (and I thought it was OE’s that were charm personified!). I am so rooting for you tomorrow not just as a proud friend but because professionally we’re definitely in this together! Speech of your life! Yes he Cam!”

Paul Goodman has done a fantastic fisk over at Conservative Home. He concluded that:

Its real message is: “We want to own you.” Mr Cameron wasn’t embarrassed by any reply he may have sent Ms Brooks being read out in court, but whatever its words may have said, its meaning would have been: “I know.”

As comical as it was hearing Brooks offer a country supper and attempt a bad pun, it was the ‘professionally we’re definitely in this together’ statement that put Cameron in hot water. The truth is, they shouldn’t have been in ‘it’ together, because Cameron’s ‘it’ was policy making and running the country whereas NI’s role should have been significantly distanced from that.

Cameron replied:

“I think that [text is] about… the Sun had made this decision to back the Conservatives, to part company with Labour, and so the Sun wanted to make sure it was helping the Conservatives put the best foot forward, with the policies we were announcing, the speech I was going to make and all the rest of it… That’s what that means.”



See also:

Salmond at Leveson: Was that it? 14 Jun 2012

So, Mr Cameron, why spare Hunt and knife Warsi? (As if we don’t already know…) 5 Jun 2012

The hackgate questions Cameron must answer 20 Jul 2011


Over at the Guardian, Michael White has opined that “the diary details sounded as if he’d been conducting an affair with the entire Murdoch family and their inner circle“. He wrote:

Talking of which, what happened to Raisa, the police horse? It was not mentioned once in the five hours of questions the PM faced from Robert Jay QC, much of it repetitive and only marginally informative. Cameron must have cursed himself for setting up the inquiry – and for the string of bad judgments that led to that necessity.

Many news outlets have taken great joy in counting the number of times Cameron used the phrase, “I don’t recall” as a response, coining the term ‘Camnesia!’. In one story, the Telegraph haven’t written any full sentences, instead resorting to publishing every incidence of Cameron’s exchange with Robert Jay QC where he fails to remember the details requested.

The Independent, claiming that Cameron suffered 22 incidences of memory lapse, reported:

During more than five hours of questioning at the Leveson judicial inquiry, Mr Cameron repeatedly said he couldn’t remember or recall discussions he had had over phone hacking, the BSkyB takeover or the appointment of Andy Coulson as his communications chief.

This is hardly a reassurance for the rest of the country considering our head of government seems to have a problem remembering things. Will he do something silly like forget what quasi-judicial means? Or perhaps hire a former tabloid news editor, forgetting that his favoured candidate was quite publicly forced to resign over illegal activity at his newspaper? Let’s hope not!

Time Magazine, concluding their piece on the prime minister’s appearance at the inquiry, said:

It took the remorseless detail of the Leveson Inquiry, with its freedom from editorial judgment, to shred, finally, the last vestiges of Cameron’s efforts to present himself as the people’s prime minister.

His time at Leveson may be over, but questioning for Cameron doesn’t end there. Details released today show the inquiry has already cost the taxpayer £3.2 million and is set to total £5.6 million. No major consequences have occurred as a result of the inquiry (except the resignation of one, poor dispensable SpAd) and Cameron could soon face criticism over the continuation of the inquiry.


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  17. Anonymous

    Blair, Cameron, Brown, tell me except for brown being fatter, what the difference between then, Murdock came around medical ass wipes were give to remove the Sh*t from kiss assing the Murdock’s. the people just think all this is now normal for political parties.

  18. Selohesra

    Actually I’d say Blair, Cameron, Clegg, Milliband, Salmond, Gove etc all come accross as reasonably personanable people even if you disagree with them – not a bad strategy as to get on in politics it helps if you can get on with people. The one who stood out to me was Brown who just appeared bitter and twisted and frankly slightly unhinged.

  19. James

    I thought the The Queen had an excellent memory and grasp of detail? Cameron may be many things, but he is NOT head of state. Edit, please!

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  23. Anonymous

    As yes, anyone with any kind, even the smallest, of a left-wing tendency is insane in your view as ever. You’re a good social darwinist.

  24. Selohesra

    Not everyone indeed most would consider Milliband and Salmon left of centre – with Brown though its not his politics but his character that makes him appear unhinged. When he denied Wheelan & McBride did not brief against people he was either deluded, unhinged or lying – you choose.

  25. Anonymous

    “Most”. No, only the right. Milliband is VERY much a centralist. And Salmond is an “opportunist” (perhaps personally left, but quite willing to sacrifice that).

    Politicians lie, of course. It’s what they do. It doesn’t mean they’re insane. You’re simply using nasty labels on disagreement again.

  26. Selohesra

    Perhaps you are right Botty – but it’s quite serious of you to accuse Brown of lying when he was under oath

  27. Anonymous


    Don’t play dumb, he’s a Politician.

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