David Cameron doesn’t know how many houses he owns


by Sunny
28th May, 2009 at 2:11 pm    

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 Camerons’ 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: “Where 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.”

In my attempt to explain why they might have these feelings – I confess to shuddering whenever I see that photograph of young David and Boris in their Bullingdon Club regalia – I mention the four houses: “The four properties thing is rubbish. Touching that you believe everything you read in the newspapers!” You patronising git, I exclaim.

“I don’t mean it like that, but…” So how many properties do you own? “I own a house in North Kensington which you’ve been to and my house in the constituency in Oxfordshire and that is, as far as I know, all I have.”

A house in Cornwall? “No, that is, Samantha used to have a timeshare in South Devon but she doesn’t any more.” And there isn’t a fourth? “I don’t think so – not that I can think of.” Please don’t say, “Not that I can think of.” “You might be… Samantha owns a field in Scunthorpe but she doesn’t own a house…”

The rest of the interview was punctuated with Cameron’s nagging anxiety about how this exchange was going to make him sound: “I was wondering how that will come across as a soundbite”; “‘Not that I can think of’ makes me sound… I am really worried about that…”; “I am still thinking about this house thing”; and his parting shot was: “Do not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses I’ve got.”

Unbelievable.


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    Haha, Cameron not sure how many houses he owns! http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/4671


  5. Bin27

    RT @hannahnicklin: LOL at Cameron having sympathy with someone who can't afford a home. He can't remember how many he has http://bit.ly/bqZjST #leadersdebate


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    RT @hannahnicklin: LOL at Cameron having sympathy with someone who can't afford a home. He can't remember how many he has http://bit.ly/bqZjST #leadersdebate


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    RT @hannahnicklin: LOL at Cameron having sympathy with someone who can't afford a home. He can't remember how many he has http://bit.ly/bqZjST #leadersdebate


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    RT @hannahnicklin: LOL at Cameron having sympathy with someone who can't afford a home. He can't remember how many he has http://bit.ly/bqZjST #leadersdebate


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  1. Rumbold — on 28th May, 2009 at 2:29 pm  

    It sounds like sarcasm to me: “that is, as far as I know, all I have.”

  2. Leon — on 28th May, 2009 at 2:53 pm  

    Heh given you were a McCain supporter (another rightwinger who couldn’t remember how many houses he had) it’s no surprise you’re excusing him! :P

  3. Refresh — on 28th May, 2009 at 2:58 pm  

    Sarcastic git!

  4. Sofia — on 28th May, 2009 at 3:19 pm  

    well…i dont’ know how many pairs of shoes I have..I mean..there were a few in the shoe box in the hallway and well, i suppose my mum has a few that she’s kept in the box for charity so i can’t really mention those…I think it perfectly reasonable that dishy david can’t remember

  5. Rumbold — on 28th May, 2009 at 3:20 pm  

    Dishy David? Oooh.

    I don’t like David Cameron or the Conservatives, but it did sound like sarcasm to me.

  6. Sunny — on 28th May, 2009 at 4:05 pm  

    I was wondering how that will come across as a soundbite”; “‘Not that I can think of’ makes me sound… I am really worried about that…

    doesn’t sound very sarcastic, that!

  7. Ravi Naik — on 28th May, 2009 at 4:34 pm  

    I think David Cameron was definitely thinking how McCain was screwed when he couldn’t remember how many houses he had, and Obama ceased the opportunity to bring up the fact that he married to an incredibly rich woman – specially when the Republicans were trying the “elitist” card on him.

    What is more worrying about this interview is not the “as far as I know” which I can understand, but the fact that he panicked about something as trivial as that.

  8. Random Guy — on 29th May, 2009 at 8:07 am  

    Ouch! Caught red-handed?

  9. douglas clark — on 29th May, 2009 at 8:38 am  

    Ravi,

    Is it really trivial? Most of us struggle to buy one house. There is an element of arrogance there that I find deeply unattractive.

    Who was the Conservative idiot on ‘Have I got News for You’?

    Who, basically, rubbed our faces in his wealth? Is he laughing now?

    I find, perhaps I am alone in this, the complete utter contempt that politicians have for thee and me to be completely beyond the pale.

    Oh, here’s a clip:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gffhtuikV80

    Alan Duncan. It’s amazing what the internet can turn up. Stones, and the creepy crawlies that live under them.

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