Don Paskini raised this on LC over the morning and now it’s all over the blogosphere. And in fact I’m surprised more isn’t being said about this hilarious episode. In an interview with The Times the other day, this is how an exchange went:
I only get one flash of that Mr Nasty streak in Mr Nice when I raise the question of the Cameronsâ€™ various properties. We had been talking about his bewilderment about the depth of dislike that some people in the Labour party have towards the Conservatives: â€œWhere I think Conservatives tend to feel Labour are misguided and wrong, there are some people in the Labour Party who just think the Tories are awful and evil, which is ridiculous and wrong.â€
In my attempt to explain why they might have these feelings â€“ I confess to shuddering whenever I see that photograph of young David and Boris in their Bullingdon Club regalia â€“ I mention the four houses: â€œThe four properties thing is rubbish. Touching that you believe everything you read in the newspapers!â€ You patronising git, I exclaim.
â€œI donâ€™t mean it like that, butâ€¦â€ So how many properties do you own? â€œI own a house in North Kensington which youâ€™ve been to and my house in the constituency in Oxfordshire and that is, as far as I know, all I have.â€
A house in Cornwall? â€œNo, that is, Samantha used to have a timeshare in South Devon but she doesnâ€™t any more.â€ And there isnâ€™t a fourth? â€œI donâ€™t think so â€“ not that I can think of.â€ Please donâ€™t say, â€œNot that I can think of.â€ â€œYou might beâ€¦ Samantha owns a field in Scunthorpe but she doesnâ€™t own a houseâ€¦â€
The rest of the interview was punctuated with Cameronâ€™s nagging anxiety about how this exchange was going to make him sound: â€œI was wondering how that will come across as a soundbiteâ€; â€œâ€˜Not that I can think ofâ€™ makes me soundâ€¦ I am really worried about thatâ€¦â€; â€œI am still thinking about this house thingâ€; and his parting shot was: â€œDo not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses Iâ€™ve got.â€
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