Did anyone watch tonight’s Bremner, Bird & Fortune? The funniest sketch parodied Rowan Williams for attacking the US over Guantanamo Bay whilst he was in Sudan – where he ignored the Darfur crisis. But I digress. More relevant to this blog’s focus was Rory Bremner’s impersonation of David Cameron. What did people think? I felt the impersonation was very Blairite – something Rory Bremner has admitted before.
RB attempted two main lines of ridicule…
- David Cameron says he wants to distance himself from the past but has brought back IDS, Ken Clarke, Michael Heseltine, John Gummer etc to devise his policy agenda; and
- David Cameron is all things to all people – a liberal Conservative… the heir to Blair… someone who wears ties for some audiences and is tieless for others… We won’t know the true David Cameron until he has been put out to an eighteen month period of consultation…
Someone beyond parody is UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom. Today’s Yorkshire Post reports Mr Bloom admitting that "as a Hong Kong-based businessman he used to visit whorehouses as if he were going for a curry following an after-work drink". Apparently there were so many after work drinks, however, that his visits were never consummated.
Mr Bloom criticised the popular way in which prostitution is portrayed:
"Terrified young women beaten into prostitution often from Eastern Europe… is only a very small aspect of the flesh trade… In short, most girls do it because they want to… If they (prostitutes) wanted a job as a Tesco check-out girl, they’d go do that instead."
Mr Bloom had previously gotten himself in trouble for saying that "no self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age". After arriving in the European Parliament he said: "I am here to represent Yorkshire women, who always have dinner on the table when you get home." His other famous statement was to say "I want to deal with women’s issues because I just don’t think they clean behind the fridge enough."