Because I spend so much of my time here giving the uncaring world my opinions on the Labour party, I suspect that sometimes the contempt I hold the modern Tory party in gets neglected. It’s like background radiation. Always there, always constant, but rarely highlighted or remarked upon.
I don’t like to remark upon it, either. After all, such strong dislike is a corrosive, unattractive quality. I prefer to disagree with wonks on my own side, as no-one cares if we slice each other to bits.
But Lord, David Cameron tests me. It’s not just his politics, though those are bad enough. Nor is it his opportunism, as we have those in all parties. It’s that he’s a bad right wing opportunist, a terrible greasy hack, and his occupation of 10 Downing Street feels like a professional affront.
Take his decision to intervene in the Jimmy Carr Tax imbroglio.
Sure, it sounds the sort of thing Tony Blair would do at his hammiest, but Cameron clod footed his way into the row in a way that is guaranteed to hurt him when some Tory donor is revealed as an aggressive tax avoider.
Worse, he could have made his intervention without leaping into the trap.
It isn’t even hard.
Q: Prime Minister, what do you make of The Tax avoiding scandal?
A: I understand people’s anger. Ultimately, the choice to use loopholes to aggressively avoid tax is one for someone’s conscience, if it’s legal. Politicians make terrible moral guardians, so I won’t preach, even to a satirist who avoids his taxes.
Instead, I’ll close the loopholes, so no tycoon, comedian -or politician- can take advantage of a technicality to not pay their share. That’s what government is for, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Bit long, but Dave, put me on £100k a year, and I’ll shorten it for Craig O.