Piggate: Cameron publicly denies allegation for first time. Why wait so long?

David Cameron has for the first time publicly denied allegations made in a biography written by the former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft that he was involved in a bizarre university club ritual with a dead pig’s head.

The prime minister said everybody could see straight through the book published by Ashcroft, and confirmed he was disputing the specific allegation that he put a private part of his anatomy in a dead pig’s mouth at an event of the Piers Gaveston Society when he was a student.

Source: David Cameron publicly denies Lord Ashcroft allegation for first time | Politics | The Guardian

In fact, Cameron says a denial was made a week ago and he has nothing to add to it.

The fact that he is coming out with this, now, suggests that he needed time to do something before he was able to say anything at all. Perhaps there really is a damning photograph and he needed to track it down and ensure nobody could use it against him? Perhaps he had to ensure that the ‘omerta’-style silence on the subject extended to anybody who could possibly have anything to reveal about it?

Perhaps he really didn’t do it but had other concerns to occupy his time?

No. Nobody’s going to be gullible enough to believe that!

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15 thoughts on “Piggate: Cameron publicly denies allegation for first time. Why wait so long?

    1. Bruce (@nosthevamp)

      I was wondering if this is what IDS had over DC. Now the cat is out of the bag, so to speak, he can now be moved without being able to refuse as before. Or there could be something else he has over him and we may be stuck with him.

  1. gfranklinpercival

    He needed to work out how whatever he might say would appeal to the focus groups first. Had it been Corbyn so accused he would have said straightaway “Not so, Sir” or, “Yes, I did, it was part of an initiation rite for young kids also years ago. What of it?”

    1. Mikey

      There is no doubt in everyone’s mind that he is guilty…otherwise nothing stopping him from suing Ashcroft other then he is busy running the country…haha whatever

  2. NMac

    Took him and his clique an awful long time to come out with a simple denial. It seems, however, Ashcroft is adamant that the allegation is true. Both Cameron and Ashcroft are extremely unpleasant and thoroughly corrupt characters, but on this occasion I tend to believe Ashcroft.

  3. NMac

    To add to my last comment: Should we look forward to the entertaining spectacle of Cameron taking Ashcroft through the Courts for allegedly libellous allegations?

  4. Patrick

    I suggest that Ashcroft and his publishers must have been pretty sure of their ground to publish this story. Will Cameron instruct his solicitors? If not why not?

  5. john kettle

    Maybe he is disputing the specific allegation that he put a part of his anatomy in a dead pigs mouth, but disputing is not a denial – he could just be disputing the wording.
    Maybe he put the dead pigs mouth on his anatomy.

      1. john kettle

        Yes, sort of.
        Otherwise I would have expected a denial such as ‘I did not have sex with that pig’, or ‘At no time have I ever put my appendage in a dead pigs mouth’.

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