Who will be judged to have suffered the most as a result of Young Dave’s time in 10 Downing Street? Will it be the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people, many with disabilities, who had their benefits cut or even removed completely? Will it be those at the bottom of the pile forced to take jobs on zero hours contracts, who now get no paid holidays? Or perhaps it will be those reduced to living on the streets.
Many people have good reason to look back on the Cameron premiership as a dark period in our recent history, not least for his disastrous mistake of thinking he could subject the UK to six years of grim austerity and then win a referendum on EU membership - given that his opponents were all too ready to (wrongly) blame that austerity on Brussels.
But one poor soul wants us to know that the greatest casualty of the Cameron era is Herself Personally Now. Sarah “Vain” Vine (for it is she) has taken out her king-sized onion and blubbered her way through two pages of today’s Daily Mail to make sure anyone not yet asleep knows that she suffered greatly. And so did her husband.
We are told of “Two families utterly intertwined. Holidays, triumphs and crises shared for 20 years - until Brexit”. This means Ms Vine is a really, really important person. Because she goes on holidays with really, really important people. Like her husband.
She says of Young Dave’s memoirs (out this week, apparently) “In particular, he has laid bare his disappointment with Michael's decision to follow his heart on the EU referendum, instead of sticking to the party line”. By “follow his heart”, she means “follow the instructions from that nice Mr Murdoch who has him by the short hairs”.
There is more. “Dave's feelings, like many of those who argued for Remain, are all the more powerful because, I suspect, he and others didn't appreciate how strongly many people, including my husband, felt”. Or how strongly Rupe put the arm on “Oiky” Gove. But do go on. “That once the referendum question had been put to them, they had no choice but to do what they thought was right”. Or what they’d been told was right.
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We see this priceless paragraph: “I myself struggled with the decision to back Leave [until she realised that being a Daily Mail pundit demanded it], not least because my own family is firmly rooted in Europe: my parents live there, my brother is in Spain and I grew up in Italy. Europe may not be in my blood, but it is very close to my heart, a deep and indelible part of my cultural DNA [not as deep as keeping the paycheques coming in, though]”.
And although it is clear that the Camerons have effectively ended their friendship with the Goves, Ms Vine really, really wants to be let back in to that particular fold. “DC's anger is understandable and he is entitled to express it however he sees fit. That said, I still believe it should be possible to disagree fundamentally on political issues and remain friends”.
She sniffs about “the last time I saw Dave, back in February 2016. But, by then, it was already too late. Politics and its corrosive influence had driven a wedge between us … It was not always that way. Dave and Samantha were guests at our wedding in France in 2001”. It’s not her fault. She had sincerely held opinions, honestly. It’s all so unfair!
Sadly, taking the Murdoch and Rothermere shillings has consequences. Get over it, Ms V.
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