Cameron blurs into Blair….
Watching David Cameron do his level best to defend the ‘Big Society’ is a truly horrifying spectacle. What makes it worse as a member of the Labour Party is that we have been here before only the last time it was our leader who had the badly misplaced missionary zeal. Cameron has obviously always fancied himself as the blue Tony B and in this he is disturbingly close to imitating his idol. Here is what Cameron has to say about the Big Society:
“The ‘big society’ is my mission in politics. It’s what I want us – as a country – to build. And I’m going to fight for it every day, because the big society is here to stay.”
Is any of this starting to sound familiar? Here is Tony Blair talking about his decision to remove Saddam Hussein from office:
“It was better to deal with this threat, to remove him from office and I do genuinely believe the world is a safer place as a result.”
I’m not sure the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis would concur. What was Mr Blair’s attitude when a genuinely democratic movement from below emerged in Egypt? He supported the then incumbent dictator, Honsi Mubarak saying he was a ‘force for good’. My firm belief is that one of the true reasons for Blair making this frankly mind-boggling statement is his real fear that the Egyptian people will make him look bad by doing more for democracy in the Middle East than his ill-conceived Iraqi escapade ever did. Not just that but in a shorter time and probably at a considerably smaller cost in terms of lives lost. My gut feeling is that this fear will be realised.
So, what’s the point of comparing these two seemingly star-crossed political leaders? The point is, to put it mildly, both have distanced themselves so far from reality that were they in a less lofty positions of power they would be considered a little unhinged and maybe certifiable. If only Cameron was a shallow opportunist determined to cling on for dear life for five more years he would probably do less damage that way because he would at least have the common sense to stop at a certain point.
It’s so much worse than all that; he actually believes the rubbish he says and feels it will genuinely do good. Clegg is different. He would clearly mortgage everything down to his own underpants for power. However, in Cameron we may have to start facing the worrying fact that he could be a conviction politician….