Do we believe the jogger who collided with David Cameron in Leeds today?
Most of us would relish the chance to make a short, hard, physical comment on the quality of Cameron’s leadership, but Dean Balboa Farley – for it was he – claims it happened by accident.
In fact Mr Farley – who should be reckoned a hero of the people simply for reminding the comedy prime minister what a member of the public looks like – made matters worse for the PM when he recalled the incident, saying he only “brushed into someone”.
It’s fun to compare the different account of this event. Police Chief Inspector Derek Hughes said: ”Around midday, a 28-year-old local man was briefly arrested after he came close to the prime minister’s group who had just left the civic hall in Leeds.
”No threats were made, and after the man’s details were checked, he was de-arrested and allowed on his way.” The police said they believed he had been jogging to a nearby gym.
Mr Farley, on the other hand, wrote on Facebook: “So I’m all over the news as ‘the protester that attacked david cameron in leeds’ yeah if you call brushing into someone while running then getting assault[…]”
Cameron probably deserved no better. He now has a personal collision to add to the battering he is taking from the public over the state of the English NHS and the failures of his European adventures.
Considering the way he has used his premiership, not to improve the nation’s finances and sort out any imagined mess caused by the previous administration but to advance the business interests of the Conservative Party and its backers, with no concern about the consequences for the State he was supposed to be defending, he probably deserved much worse.
Perhaps next time someone could engineer it so that a piano falls on him?
So let’s be honest – do we really believe that Mr Farley had so little spatial awareness that he didn’t know he was on a collision course with the face most Vox Political readers want to slap?
If he lived up to the fictional character who shares his middle name* – and considering he was on his way to the gym, this seems possible – then spatial awareness should be one of his skills!
So let’s not bother whether it’s true or not; let’s all just enjoy the fact that one person managed to do what we’ve all envisioned. Not only did he give Cameron a hiding…
He also got away with it.
*Rocky. The one who’s nothing to do with Bullwinkle.