EU election results from the Telegraph:
From the Guardian:
However, the prime minister appears to have been provoked into criticising Ukip and Farage more openly again in recent weeks, as well as repeatedly rejecting the idea of any pacts or joint tickets with the party for the general election. He made the new comments after being asked why he could not answer simply like Farage, instead of dodging a question about whether he felt closer to Ukip or the Liberal Democrats.
Cameron told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t actually happen to agree with that. Listening to him on the radio and television for the last few days, it all seems supremely tactical. It’s about trying to grow votes in clusters or something in different parts of the country. I don’t really accept this thing. He’s a consummate politician, we’ve seen that with his expenses and his wife on the payroll and everything else. So I don’t really accept the ‘he’s a normal bloke down the pub’ thing.”
A “normal bloke down the pub” is something David Cameron can never be. For if he was snapped drinking and smoking outside a pub, the sheer hypocrisy of it would be manifest.
The same goes for Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband. They can’t do it either. And for the same reason as Cameron.
None of them can be “normal blokes” ever again.
If they’re anything at all, they’re “de-normals.” They have become role models and practitioners of denormalisation, and they live the denormalised lifestyle. You’re never going to see any of them smoking. And you’re unlikely to see them drinking either. Or even enjoying themselves at all. Not like Nigel does, at the third chorus of Singing In The Rain:
They simply can’t do it. They’re not allowed to. And anyway they burnt their boats when they signed up for pinch-faced Deborah Arnott’s Action on Smoking and Health.
Nigel Farage can be a “normal bloke”, but they can’t. No wonder Nigel is laughing. He can do something and be something they can’t. Ha ha ha.
And doesn’t it just go to show how denormalisation isn’t working, that a “normal bloke” is still someone who drinks and smokes. And balances beer glasses on his head.