Saturday, 3 March 2012
David Cameron: Rebekah, the Horse & the Prime Minister...masking the truth
David Cameron is a toff. Everybody knows that. It doesn't make him a bad person. However, what's making him a shifty dishonest one is his desire to pretend to be other than he is. His pretence at being just Dave, as if he spent his weekends in Downing Street putting up B&Q shelves, has never really found acceptance.
However, for quite a long time he hid the level of his deeply-entrenched friendships with the media class very well, but his I-may-have-ridden-that-horse-or-maybe-not-oh okay-now-that-I-have-been-found-out-I-remember-I-did utterances have shown a Prime Minister with a fixation on masking the truth when it suits him. There's a touch of the Tony Blair "I'm a pretty straight sort of guy" whiff beginning to linger around the current occupant of No.10.
For those not up to speed, the Prime Minister had more than a passing acquaintance with Rebekah Brooks, the former News of The World editor. Both have homes within a short distance of each other and were socially active members of the Chipping North set until the News International phone hacking scandal came to prominence, ending the discreet dinners and fireside chats.
It turns out Mrs Brooks was loaned a retired horse by the Metropolitan Police between 2008 and 2010. This was the very same force investigating the hacking scandal. It appears that loaning horses until a permanent home is found for them is a regular occurrence and one to be admired, but whether the same arrangement extends to the general population has yet to be established.
While the Prime Minister is now happy to confirm that he went riding with Mrs Brooks' husband and yes, did ride the police horse, he has denied that he and the former News International executive shared days out in the saddle.
It was never in the interest of News International, the police or the political classes for the phone hacking scandal to emerge into the public domain. It drew attention to the close relationship between politicians and the Rupert Murdoch empire in particular, but also the haves in the country who have direct access and influence over our political masters. There is nothing wrong with Mr Cameron being a member of the horsey set......so, the question is, why hide it?
There is an ingrained dishonesty and nervousness within the current government. While The Chancellor, George Osborne, bleats that in these times of financial hardship "we are all in it together", the truth is very different. Those at the very top of government are very rich, have little experience of the world outside politics and could never even imagine what it is like to live hand to mouth. They are scared when the proletariat get a glimpse their precious world of privilege. So, they make efforts to hide it.