Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Extraordinarary tone of the joint press conference/love-in, wasn't it? Did you see the comedy double-act bit where they where asked about Cameron having said that his favourite joke was 'Nick Clegg'. I have to admit, my flinty heart was warmed. If you'd asked me before, I'd have said that Coalition would be all tight lips and forced politeness and awkward handshakes. The weirdest thing is that this seemed much less like acting than when they were scrapping each other in the Prime Ministerial debates.


Willard said...

I instinctively trust people that have a sense of humour. And it can't be faked. I was genuinely surprised and delighted by that press conference. Not seen anything like it during the Brown years, and nothing that felt as genuine during Blair's happy clappy years.

David said...

I remember as a young lawyer asking a friend of mine if lawyers were faking the disdain they showed for each other in court or the friendliness they showed for each other after court.


Having said that, in the US we're very used to our ex-presidents, with the exception of the execrable Jimmy Carter, becoming fast friends. There are only a small number of people who understand what they've been through and like calls to like.

malty said...

One moment from yesterday will remain, after Dave had seen Madge he went back to the motor, a flunkey held open the door, he turned, smiled at the man and said thank you, it wasn't forced or for the camera.
It's called the human touch, nu labour, something you couldn't begin to comprehend.

David said...

Not to rain on your parade, but isn't now exactly the wrong time to start up with fixed 5 year terms?

Brit said...

Malty - whereas Broon got in the car and asked "Who was that bigoted woman?"

Ba boom tish!

David - that does show the Tories are seriously serious about it. That and all the policy concessions and cabinet posts.... jeez, it's scarcely creditable, innit?

zmkc said...

The Guardian reports that the Queen presented Brown with a farewell photograph in a Smythson frame. So she has a sense of humour too.