The amount of mirth created by David Cameron’s refusal to appear in more than a single TV leader debate, ahead of the general election, almost cancelled out the public’s annoyance that he won’t stand up and defend his policies.
It seems the Labour Party is right – Cameron knows he has a record to run from, and not a record to run on.
And it was good to see people in the public eye taking sides – like Mark Gatiss (actor/writer: The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock, Doctor Who), who tweeted: “Cameron’s mendacity is astonishing. He filibustered by insisting other leaders join the debate, now blames broadcasters for chaos. Childish.”
This Writer, together with Mrs Mike, participated in the festivities on Twitter, where John Prescott invited contributors to suggest possible titles for songs signifying Cameron’s behaviour. Here are some of our favourites:
“Comfortably Dumb” (Comfortably Numb).
“All Lied Out” (All Cried Out).
“The Tracks of My Fears” (Tracks of My Tears).
“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheap”.
“People are strange, when you’re a chicken; debate gets ugly, when you’re alone” (People are Strange). This Writer was responsible for this particular suggestion, which seems appropriate to the Labour Party video that has now appeared on YouTube. Here it is:
“A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Egg” (A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action).
“The Sound of Silence” (inevitably).
“Can’t get you out head to head” (Can’t Get You Out of My Head).
“Nice Eggs – shame about debate” (Nice Legs, Shame About The Face).
At one point, Mrs Mike was singing, “Prince Chicken, Prince Chicken, ridicule is nothing to be scared of!” (This was to the tune of Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants.)
She later relented, deciding that someone needed to stand up for all the chickens as Cameron was giving them a bad name.
Currently, Mrs Mike is saying that if “Chicken Dave” does turn up for a TV debate, not only will it be a turkey but he’ll get stuffed.
“First you mention chickens then ducks [perhaps he meant turkeys – although it’s true that Cameron is ducking out of the debates], both are apt as he is a Fowl human being,” responded Ian Davies.
Labour MP Karl Turner revealed that his election agent has dared him to wear a chicken suit at the next Prime Minister’s Questions “and wave at Chicken Dave. Would need a tie with it!”
Carol Gardiner responded: “I’ll sponsor you if you do it! (Not much I’m afraid, I’ve been hit by the Long Term Economic Plan).”
Here’s a last word from Mrs Mike: “Have we ruffled Cameron’s feathers, do you think?”
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