Saturday, October 15, 2005

Stitch-Up

Admidst the continuing media maelstrom, camp DC are trying to reposition their drugs problem as a cynical stitch-up by their rivals. So they say that a DD supporter keeps asking provocative questions at the hustings, and that Ken unhelpfully volunteers that he's never snorted coke, and that Doc goes on about "blue bodies" being brought into Holby City.

The latest charge is against DD himself. The Telegraph has clearly bought the DC spin- its editorial says:

'On a television programme to be aired this evening, David Davis will contrast his own denial of any contact with drugs to his main rival's reticence. In doing so, he makes a mockery of his boast about never speaking ill of fellow Conservatives. More seriously, though, he does his party no favours, making it seem mean and puritanical. Mr Davis must realise that this intervention will damage him, but he has plainly calculated that it will do more damage to the man he would least like to face in the final run-off. His tactic, although unedifying, is at least understandable.'

Have they actually seen the clip?

Because it's no stitch-up. DD actually looks pretty uncomfortable as he is pressed hard by Piers Morgan- not I suggest, any DD patsy. Interrogated on whether class A drug users could lead the Tory party or the country ("given that you're the Shadow Home Secretary and responsible for the grave matter of drugs policy etc"), he squirms a bit and then says:

"I think if ... well it is a breach of the law, so if it was recent, the answer would be no."

What else is he going to say? When pressed on what he meant by "recent", he said that he could not answer a hypothetical question and that "if you want to have that debate, you must have David Cameron on yourself". Naturally he repeats that he himself has never taken drugs, adding: "The whole idea of drugs makes me nervous."

Finally, asked whether politicians should give "straight answers to straight questions", he replies: "Yes."

This ain't no stitch-up. It's simply another illustration of how DC has let this story get away from him. The press are now buzzing round it like flies round a juicy carcass.

As always, Matthew Parris- a DC supporter- offers some excellent advice:

'Cameron's refusal to talk about how drugs may have touched his own life cannot be sustained. He has drawn short of making that final step. Even today, an old-fashioned man who consistently declines to talk about anything personal in his life could perhaps get away with “no comment”. Mr Cameron cannot.'

That hits the nail on the head. DC cannot on the one hand tell us he offers a new-style of politics, and then give what he himself described as a "politician's answer" to questions like this. And as for his contention that things he did before he realised he wanted to be a politician are irrelevant- well, sorry, but we'll be the judge of that. We've had more than enough of 'don't do as I do, do as I say' politicos.

No, if anyone's stitched up DC here, it's DC himself.
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