Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Simon Jenkins points out - here - that both Thatcher and Blair succeeded by ignoring their parties. This, Simon thinks, was a mistake. Probably. On the other hand, who can blame them? David Cameron, he thinks, is making the same mistake. Again, probably. But what neither wise Simon nor anybody else has pointed out is that Cameron's real innovation is to ignore the press. He keeps getting bad coverage but sails on regardless. This may be a mistake - but who can blame him? All of which is but a prelude to boasting of my new killer question for politicians. I've tried it once and it worked like a dream. With airy insouciance, you ask: "What kind of poetry do you read?" What then flickers across their agonised features would be categorised in some quarters as cognitive dissonance.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:22 am