It seems the public relations-oriented PM wasn’t feeling up to the task of dealing with the press after he had to cut short his luxury Lanzarote holiday to deal with the threatened collapse of the UK steel industry.
Coming on top of the Omnishambles II Budget which led to a series of embarrassing climbdowns, embittered by the civil war over Europe within his own political party, and with government policy over schools and health in meltdown, it seems Cameron is feeling the heat more – now that he has come back from the sun.
Alternatively, he has always considered the press pack to be a gang of oiks and he was merely revealing that sentiment in an unguarded moment. You choose.
Grumpy David Cameron lost his rag and launched an astonishing attack on Britain’s media during a bad-tempered, red-faced tirade.
The Prime Minister lashed out at as he denied suggestions he had taken his eye off the ball because of the EU referendum.
“I don’t accept the premise of your question for one moment,” he snapped.
Mr Cameron then bizarrely accused reporters of “setting each others’ hair on fire”.
Railing against the Press, he went on: “I think you all spend too much time reading each others’ newspapers. I would avoid.”
His attack intensified as he was forced to defend Brexit -backing Cabinet Ministers who warned the Government’s flagship minimum wage hike will fuel a surge in migration.
“We said there was going to be a clear Government line on Europe, which there is, and ministers are able to depart from it and make their arguments in their own way,” Mr Cameron said.
“The world hasn’t stopped turning, the Government hasn’t stopped operating.
“You all go around setting each others’ hair on fire and getting very excited about this but it’s all a lot of processology.
“I can’t see what the issue is.
“You have got a Government with a packed programme, delivering that programme – but at the same time we’re having a very important debate about Europe.”
Asked about his thinly-veiled attack on top Tory Boris Johnson over his decision to back Brexit, the stressed PM claimed: “When? I don’t think the words ‘Boris Johnson’ passed my lips.”
Mr Cameron’s surprise attack came less than 48 hours after he returned from a sun-soaked family holiday in Lanzarote.
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