So the big secret's out at last. David Cameron enjoyed a few spliffs while a schoolboy at Eton, and went on to enjoy a few more while a student at Oxford. Well big fucking deal.
The response of the media and political opponents alike has been predictably underwhelming, although admittedly it's hard for Home Secretary John Reid to make too much of an issue of it
For me, it all begs the question why Cameron didn't come clean about this much earlier, instead of allowing the view to take root that he must be trying to cover up a much more serious drug problem. At one point, practically the entire journalistic profession thought Cameron's family trust fund had disappeared up his nose.
Really, it's a bit like a man suspected of marital infedility refusing to answer questions about his sex life when all he has actually done is pull himself off in the shower.
Has he confirmed or denied the coke story? I must have missed that one. The reality is, despite you saying he "should have come clean about this much earlier"... Cameron hasn't "come clean about this" at all. Other people have done it, which still leaves the question hanging. We know Osbourne was at it, because PragueTory told everyone.... so why not Dave?
I hear David Cameron once drove at 33mph in a 30 zone...
I here that young Mr. Cameron is responsible for a root and branch reform of his political party, with a horticultural emphasisis!
I'm of your opinion here, Paul, though bloggers such as UKDP and Praguetory beg to differ.
Am I alone in agreeing with David Cameron? Why should his past life (saintly or otherwise) be subject to public scrutiny - other that out of idle curiosity? I don't care what he got up to at Eaton, frankly.
I judge politicians by the way they behave now. Just think if other professions were treated to this need to be whiter-than-white. How many political bloggers would be left, I wonder?
Stick to yer principles, Dave!
This is about getting the bad news out there, flying a kite in preparation for news to come. You're brave telling us the extent of his coke problem though, I never thought it was as serious as that.
Not that it makes any difference, though. Having formerly had a coke habit doesn't matter a damn. Unless it was aggravated in some way, by being a problem during Black Wednesday and his advice to Lamont was shown to be off, for example. That would be a more serious problem for him.
If he was just a bit of a party boy then who really cares?
I think this is clever damage limitation by the Tories - plead to a minor charge and hope to get away with the more damaging charges on rumours of extensive cocaine use.
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