Cameron – and the respect he deserves


Fancy meeting you here! Dean Balboa Farley gets up close and personal with David Cameron while a security guard tries to break up the touching scene.

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.


  1. Stephen Bee October 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I’m sure ‘slap’ is a misprint and you really mean’t ‘crush’ :-) Easy enuf mistake to make of course :-P

    • Mike Sivier October 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      There are many words that could have been substituted!

  2. wildswimmerpete October 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I remember the days when the tools of protest were a box of (preferably rotten) eggs and/or a large bag of flour. Camoron is a very tempting target.

  3. Nick October 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    a bit odd this collision but Cameron needs to understand as we all do when out and about and thats to be careful where your going

    At least someone has got close to him which is not bad just one outside contact with a member of the public in nearly 5 years

    cant be bad on a salary of £142,500 a year around £400 a day not bad for someone who is not a statesman and never will be

  4. Mr.Angry October 28, 2014 at 5:26 am - Reply

    My dear old Mum has a piano she no longer requires !!! and it’s on wheels.

    • rusty October 28, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

      I’ve got a block and tackle too.

  5. aturtle05 October 29, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

    This shows the poor skills of his “protection” team, and the, now, typical US overkill after!

    The team should have blocked the entry points to Cameron, this includes front and back of the car. Mr. Balboa Farley should never have got into the “pocket”, and when he did, the strong-arm tactics of throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him without telling him what he had “done wrong” is ridiculous. “You just collided with the Prime Minister!” short, sweet, to the point and stops the struggles.

    After all, I am sure if Mr. Balboa Farley had been told he had cannoned into Cameron, he would have insisted in full decontamination procedures to ensure he hadn’t caught anything from him.

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