TWICE now the Labour Party has blundered by counter-productively comparing David Cameron to fictional characters.
During last year’s election, an attempt to brand him as Gene Hunt out of Life on Mars backfired badly. And recently, a jibe that the PM resembles the fabled scoundrel Flashman has been taken up by Labour.
Of course it has been widely pointed out that while Flashman was indeed a rotter and a cad, he was a dangerously charming one.
If the Opposition are going to persist with the tactic of comparing their political foe to fictional characters, they really ought to set up a think tank to draw up a list of candidates, to avoid the risk of further back fires. In order to initiate the discussion, here are three possibilities, couched in the form of hypothetical soundbites. Two are right, one is wrong. But which is which? You decide.
A) “Mr Cameron is the Terry Scott of politics, always sweating in embarrassment after yet another blunder – but without the hilarious consequences! And with no June Whitfield to back him up!”
B) “Isn’t the Prime Minister rather like Roy Cropper out of Coronation Street? He’s a ditherer who is always serving up lukewarm policies that leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth!”
C) “Mr Cameron reminds me of Rhett Butler – a superficially good looking chancer with a plausible manner whose only talent is breaking the hearts of women who fall under his dubious spell. It is high time that he too was Gone with the Wind!”