As David Cameron was leaving his lunchtime date with Westminster’s lobby journalists, my spy overheard him asking an aide: ‘I don’t think I gave them anything too interesting, did I?’ Quite so, except that the Prime Minister showed once again that he has an odd relationship with the truth.
Commenting on Nadine Dorries’ trip to the jungle, young Dave claimed that he had not watched the show and certainly did not vote. Apparently he had only ever engaged in such plebeian entertainment once: voting for Will Young on X-Factor because ‘his daughter had made him’. Two problems here. One: Will Young was not on X-Factor, rather Pop Idol in 2002, as any fan would know. Secondly his daughter Nancy was born in 2004. Which makes that a seriously impressive twinkle in his eye. A ‘miss-speak’ perhaps?
Other amusement included the revelation that he had a ‘tantric’ approach to his EU referendum policy, in that it would be ‘all the better once it came’, but the less said about that particular mental image the better, I say.
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