That YouTube moment!
Before this story thankfully dies the death it deserves, I want to raise one or two points!
First of all, whilst it was silly and indefensible, the point behind it is one that needs addressing. Namely that David Cameron tries so hard to show he is down with the electorate it's embarrasing. Sion Simon went the wrong way about it. Not only was it silly, but it was personal. There is a difference between criticising someone's approach and suggesting they would give away their wife and children! Plus there was no real satire or humour, the impression wasn't good, and there is a perception out there that this kind of thing is best left to the satirists and MP's should try witty asides and dry humour. Snobbish yes, but that is a prevailing viewpoint!
Okay, there are about four points there ;), but the second major point is this! Is it me or does anyone smell a whiff of hypocricy here? If a Conservative MP did this about Tony Blair or Gordon Brown, would the same people who were quick to defend Simon be up in arms! Would those Tories quick to attack Simon be so sharp if it was one of them attacking a senior Labour politician?
It's moments like these that turn people away from the insularity that is Westminster politics and the sooner we work to move ourselves away from that the better!
In any case both Sion Simon and Tom Watson are sorry and it should be left at that!