I had a horrible experience this morning. We now have a guest in our house, so I’ve been booted out of a bedroom and am ‘camping’ in the living room. That’s fine, I like a firm bed and they don’t come more firm than the floor. Being in the living room, I’m deprived of my usual gentle waking up to some music on the radio as my alarm. Not exactly a trauma. I could’ve used the alarm on my phone. But starting the day to harsh bleep bleep bleeping before I’ve had my first cup of tea just doesn’t put me in a great frame of mind.
Last night, I learned that I can set our giant HD flat screen wonder machine to turn on at a given time. ‘Brilliant’, thinks I. ‘I’ll wake up to nice gentle morning tv instead of what I imagine is the sound of Harpies in my ear’. So I fiddled and faffed with the remote and the various option screens on the wonder machine last night and set my alarm for the proper time this morning and promptly fell asleep on the hearth like some Victorian urchin.
Then it all went wrong. I didn’t wake up to the soft sonorousness of Sian Williams, nor the sweet sounds of Kate Silverton, not even for me the pervy uncle perorations of Bill Turnbull. No, I woke up to David Cameron. I was not pleased.
He’s obviously doing the rounds today. He’s been on tv, a couple of radio shows and did the FT interview yesterday. He was wittering on about how his National Insurance half-baked wheeze policy is good because big business support it. The chairmen of Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury and Mothercare among them. Just what else have ‘business leaders’ opposed over the years? There’d be the minimum wage, the working time directives, workers’ rights, health and safety legislation, and every tax rise ever. But because ‘business leaders’ approve, it must be good policy. Or so goes Cameron’s logic. Tories: the party of big business. Incidentally, out of 250 chairpersons on the FTSE250, 23 signed Cameron’s letter. That’s just over 9%. So 91% of them didn’t sign. Take that as you will.
Another thing to come out of his many interviews this morning is this little gem of a statement on Tory cuts:
“What we are doing isn’t enough to fill the hole. I accept that.”
In other words, there’s a great big gaping gash in George’s numbers and the only way to fill it will be further cuts or further tax rises. He also mentioned rather vaguely raising the retirement age without going any further, and the interviewer didn’t press him. It was hardly Paxman. Needless to say none of this was a great way for me to start my day. Actual professional journalists sitting back and letting David Cameron tell everyone he’d like to be Prime Minister because he thinks he’d be quite good at it. Then I remembered it was April Fool’s day….