Some people are born with a nickname. Some have nicknames thrust upon them. But Charles ‘Winker’ Walker achieved his nickname with aplomb on the BBC’s Daily Politics.
Attempting to defend the indefensible David Cameron, he thought he had managed to turn the tide of public thinking back in favour of the tax-dodging toff who thinks he can still be our prime minister.
And then he winked.
The rest is history – as is, one suspects, any hope Charles Walker may have had of a political career beyond the backbenches.
Incidentally, while he thinks David Cameron’s tax affairs are perfectly acceptable, Charles Walker was among the many Conservative MPs who believed it is not necessary to allow people in the Work-Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance an extra 30 quid a week to help them survive. What a nice guy!
Conservative MP Charles Walker thought he’d pulled it off brilliantly.
The plan was to paint Cameron as the victim by shifting the blame onto the media for his damaged reputation, in a ‘heartfelt’ defence of Cameron’s tax affairs.
But at the final hurdle – when he thought the cameras weren’t looking, he gave the game away. A not so subtle wink to his fellow Tory MP puts his sincerity into serious question.
Winking to a mate is what you do after getting away with something. In this case, Walker felt he’d talked his boss out of a sticky situation. However – on Monday’s BBC Daily Politics – the MP for Broxbourne’s wink told a tale he should’ve kept for Conservative HQ. It suggests he just pulled a fast one.
Recently, a huge leak of over 11 million documents – dubbed the Panama Papers – forced the Prime Minister to admit he had profited from his father’s tax avoiding trust. Bombarded with calls for Cameron to resign, Downing Street is on red alert. Political damage control is the number one priority and anyone who minimises the blow will be highly praised.
With this in mind, Walker couldn’t help bragging to his colleague when he thought the camera would be focused on presenter Andrew Neil.
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