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5th November, 2009
U-TURN (-TUBE) IF YOU WANT TO. THE GENTLEMAN’S BEING PHOTOGRAPHED
Tim Montgomerie’s article at yesterday’s Guardian caught my eye because of the accompanying picture more than the content of the article. At first glance it’s rather sweet. A straight-forward snap of a straightforward political leader on his way to a straightforward re-writing of a certain policy. Well, needs must. Touching up his notes while he’s travelling with the people serves to highlight the everydayness of doing a political u-turn. Thus, no-one really seems to notice or even care.
For those unfamiliar with London’s Tube and its travellers, a word of explanation. Fellow-travellers are famously uncommunicative. Unfriendly, some suggest. People share a space for anything from a two-minute one-stop ride to, well, a lot longer. But it’s generally considered that on The Tube, you’re on your own. A little like in politics. Apart, of course from any friend you came onboard with and who’s still with you when you get off.
But in this picture Mr Cameron hasn’t got William Hague alongside. In fact he’s completely on his little ownsome. Apart, that is, from the photographer who just happened to get on the same tube train, and ended up in the same carriage. He just happened to be in a position to photograph the great soon-to-be leader mixing it with the voters and working intently on what he soon has to say to Johnny Foreigner.
In case you’re thinking this photo may have been taken by a happy mobile phone snapper on the Tube let me disabuse you of this. The photographer according to the Guardian is the Press Association’s Stefan Rousseau, the man who won the photographer of the year prize at the British Press Awards earlier this year.
So no p.r./spinning exercise there from the former p.r. man DC, then.
You can fool some of the people, Mr Cameron.
Alastair Campbell too was impressed by DC’s ability to double-task. No, not doing one thing while saying another, but maintaining his equilibrium while writing and while in motion, as in this ‘tube’ picture. Don’t like to sound suspicious but is this whole picture a fit-up? I travel on the tube regularly and I have yet to find one with NO seats.
Meanwhile all Mr Cameron’s fellow-travellers, including one or two recognisable shadow ministers such as Liam Fox, have to hang on for dear life in the usual way, to make sure they don’t come into closer personal contact than is necessarily desirable.
Oh, my suspicious mind (see here.)
Blair too ‘Left’ for Europe?
Blair “not a contender” because his politics are too “centre-left” for the key states of France & Germany!? You could have fooled most of us with this definition of Mr Blair’s political position, including, I’d hazard a guess, Mr Blair.
Next reason NOT to have Blair as EU President? My breath is bated.
Just got this from a commenter. Great stuff. Where’s Nicely, Nicely Nick though?
Tags: an everyday u-turn, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Guardian, Lisbon treaty, love is in the air, on the Tube picture, pole dancing, Stefan Rousseau/PA photographer, Tim Montgomerie, vote for me, youtube