Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David Cameron, a Lonely Bedroom, Pandas and Public Schoolboy Hyper-Confidence

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David Cameron, a Lonely Bedroom, Pandas and Public Schoolboy Hyper-Confidence

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Byline: KATE FOX

IKEEP changing my mind about what all the Euro Veto stuff means. Basically though, David Cameron's attitude to Europe reminds me of an old person who "Isn't a joiner" but ends up in an old people's home and spends most of their time on their own in their room complaining about peas being hard.

On the one hand, you have some sympathy that they don't want to be out there in the lounge with the other residents, nodding off to Bargain Hunt, on the other, you think they should just give in and get involved in the Sing-A-Long-A-War-Songs sessions no matter how naff they might think they are, because otherwise their life will be even more pointless.

What with China being the new giant world economy in the next few years, perhaps it makes sense to join forces with friends on the continent - you don't have to like them.

Talking of China, another comparison that leapt to mind was David Cameron and Nick Clegg as the new Chinese pandas who've been delivered to Edinburgh Zoo. All that intense scrutiny on their relationship, observers jotting down the implications of every stroke and gaze, the desperate hope that they might overcome their species' difficulties with intimacy...

A particular high point captured by the Cam Cam during this debacle has been his skilful recovery after Nicholas Sarkozy rebuffed his handshake.

Anyone wondering what public school hyper-confidence is for; It's so that if you're ever dissed by a pint-sized leader on the world stage, you can just slap their back as if that's what you meant to do all along any way.

I THINK it's ironic that the spokespeople who handle complaints for the BBC probably have to lie quite a lot when they handle complaints about lies on the telly.

If I'd been complained to about Jeremy Clarkson's comments about wanting to shoot the strikers, I'd have had to say "For goodness sake, he clearly didn't mean it, since he preceded it with a positive comment and then the words "Oh, but we have to have balance". …

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