Semi-Exclusive: Iain Dale's interview with David Cameron in 'Total Politics' magazine.
For the record I am more than happy to disagree with Iain on many issues, but whilst I sometimes believe him to be sincerely wrong, I also have found him to be sincere, decent, and with a genuine commitment to seeing people in this country doing well and the more vulnerable being looked after, no matter who they are and where they come from!
So I am very pleased that I am one of those bloggers who has been given a sneak preview of his interview with David Cameron in the forthcoming edition of Total Politics magazine. Mars Hill rarely does exclusives of any kind and I am not sure you could call this an exclusive, but it is close.
So, courtesy of Total Politics magazine, I thought I would highlight some of the interview, which I have found to be rather interesting (the bold bits are by me):
ID: On your relations with Gordon Brown it seems to me that there’s an absolute mutual loathing there, which sometimes goes beyond where it should.
DC: When we meet each other at state functions we’re perfectly polite and we get on.
ID: But when you were walking together to the House of Lords for the Queen’s Speech you had a complete poker face and didn’t say a word to him.
DC: I couldn’t! I couldn’t get a word in edgeways! He launches into a long conversation and that’s it. I would have loved to have said something, but I didn’t get the chance. Maybe next year.
ID: Describe Gordon Brown in one word.
DC: [long pause] Wrong.
Being civil to someone does not indicate whether or not you loathe each other. Sir Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher could be civil to each other! I also found the long pause to be somewhat telling. But there is actually some more to this, on Page 8 of the main section of today's Sunday Telegraph, it announces that David Cameron has been warned by his advisers to go soft on his attacks on Gordon Brown for fear of alienating women voters. What I find sad, and I have said this before, is that Cameron has badly let me down (and I suspect many others), in the way I see him as an opponent. I would like the Conservative Party to have leaders who I respect. Cameron's occasional publicity stunts, his desire to see the end of "Punch and Judy politics" followed by his comment that events have made that impossible (has Dave ever heard of "Try, try, and try again!", plus it works for Obama), has made that desire for respecting one's adversary in the battlefield of politics somewhat difficult. A battlefield I might add, where many voters want to see it's conflicts conducted in a gentlemanly manner!