Thursday, April 21, 2011

Peter Hitchin on Britain's new boneless wonder

Ramsay MacDonald

In 1931, speaking in the House of Commons of Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, Winston Churchill recounted how, as a child, he had been:

taken to the celebrated Barnum's Circus which contained an exhibition of freaks and monstrosities, but the exhibit on the programme which I most desired to see was the one described as "The Boneless Wonder." My parents judged that that spectacle would be too revolting and demoralizing for my youthful eyes, and I have waited fifty years to see the boneless wonder sitting on the Treasury Bench.
Today, Peter Hitchin describes the new boneless wonder on the Treasury Bench:

The Prime Minister is an opportunist who doesn’t believe in anything. Don’t take my word for it.

This is what Robin Harris, David Cameron’s first boss in the Tory Research Department, said of him back in 2007.

It’s easily proved, by tracking his changing views on any subject you care to name since he first sought office. Zig, zag, and zig again where necessary.

But don’t delude yourself that a man with no principles won’t do any damage. Because his only concern is to gain and hold office, he will do all he can for that end.

And to win and keep office these days, you need to be either politically correct or courageous. Mr Cameron is not courageous. That is why one of his two big outbursts this week means something, and the other means nothing. ...

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