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Nick Booth: Cameron’s Panama hat has made me think again. He’s only in it for the oligarchs


Is it possible to change the leadership while the opposition is so weak?

The Labour Party has no moral ammunition left. They brought out all their big guns for petty skirmishes, and there’s nothing they can use for a major push.

The Savage Cuts Brigade (there’s a silent N in Cuts) has so over-played its hand that nothing it says is believable to the floating voter. Yes, some of the cuts seem pointless and clamping down on the disabled does seem a shockingly bad idea. But who’s going to be swayed by the Left, whose hashtag Instagram protests aren’t worth the cardboard they’re written on?

It’s the same with Racism and Hitler Comparisons. These charges are so diluted now that it’s difficult to take them seriously. Call it fascism fatigue if you like. There can’t be many people in the world left who haven’t been likened to the Nazis. Commuters who read a popular mid-market tabloid newspaper are regularly equated with the SS and Oswald Mosley. Me Generation posers have used up all the ammunition intended for the fight against Fascism. Terrorists, rapists, racists and genital mutilators, in the meantime, don’t seem to meet with anything like the same opprobrium as a Christian who is a bit over picky about his bed and breakfast clients.

All the personal attacks on Cameron’s ‘poshness’ and his family were usually so vicious and unpleasant that you couldn’t help but feel some warmth towards him.

The thing is, I’m coming round to the idea that Cameron is even more ghastly, as a Prime Minister, than his opposition could ever be if Corbyn was ever electable. Corbyn is probably a decent man you could have a drink with – I just don’t want him anywhere near the levers of power.

It was the nature of the attacks on Cameron that made me sympathetic to him. But in the cold light of day, when I’ve taken off the Troll Goggles – which were a necessary precaution against all the vitriol sprayed about by the Neo Narcissists – I can finally see Cameron for what he is. And it’s not good.

“We’re all in this together” indeed. Ha! The scales have fallen from my eyes and I can see Cameron for what he is. A man who takes money off poor people in Britain, and gives it to rich embezzlers in Foreign Aid land, at the first droning onslaught of Bob Geldof. Meanwhile, as details of this Mossack Fonseca affair unfold, it seems as though the Camerons’ duties weren’t the same as ours anyway. If his family fortunes were “in this together” with anyone’s, it seems, it was in Panama with the world’s tax avoiding oligarchs and bullion robbers.

There’s something Off Shore about this leader.

Let’s hope he’s replaced with someone who is in this with us. David Davis would be my choice.

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Nick Booth
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Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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