Mini Analysis: Cameron's coffee morning hell

This is my serious face
Paedophila has become a very hot issue again, as the allegations squared at Jimmy Saville threaten to open up another Paedogeddon. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if we were close to appointing a Paedofinder General. However, for the first time the child abuse finger pointing has now reached the government.

This came to the fore today for the Prime Minister David Cameron, who during a surreal ‘gotcha’ moment on the cosy daytime TV favourite This Morning - fronted by doddering uncle-like Philip Scofield and dippy auntie-like Holly Willoby - was presented with a list of suspected Tory paedophiles. Not even Paxman pulls those kind of punches.

Obviously, the PM wasn't too pleased with this sudden attempt at guerrilla journalism. He probably came on the show thinking that the worst case scenario would be that the runners wouldn't get the biscuits he liked. His response to the question was interesting given he had little time to prepare a response, saying:

"There is a danger, if we're not careful, that this could turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay and I'm worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now - giving me a list of names that you've taken off the internet"

To me it seems that Cameron is skirting around the matter. The issue of paedophilia in politics has been a long time coming and it could be the final nail in the coffin of government trust. We’ve had scandal after scandal. First expenses, second Levinson and now the situation in North Wales, which is easily the most reprehensible abuse of power possible (just look at the Vatican after all).

In Mr Cameron’s favour, he’s right to warn about a witchhunt. Presenting a list of suspected paedophiles to the Prime Minister seemed eerily similar to something Joseph McCarthy would do. We’ve seen before what can happen in the midst of a full blown mob and the results are usually messy with innocents getting caught up in the hysteria. However, Cameron playing the gay card to justify the situation probably wasn’t very wise and does look like he’s desperately trying to divert one sensitive issue away with another.

If he is covering up something to that extent within his own party after the many crises he’s had to face then he should start penning his resignation now.


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