UK Politics

“I’m just like you”

Sion Simon, Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington, has put out a vaguely amusing sub-Rory Bremner spoof “Webcameron” broadcast.

It was apparently put onto YouTube by fellow blogger and webgeek, Tom Watson MP: a man who is fast acquiring a reputation as a bit of a troublemaker.

Tory reaction has been less than good humoured:

Tory MP Peter Luff said Mr Simon should be “thoroughly ashamed of himself”.

“When you go over the top like this, you bring all of us in politics into disrepute.

“I just can’t believe that a fellow MP would stoop so low. It’s highly offensive.”

Fellow Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell said Mr Simon had “obviously gone mad”.

Although Tory HQ has barely batted an eyelid, backbench condemnation has crossed party lines. Labour MP Stephen Pound dubbed the video “a new low in British politics”. It was the line in which Cameron offers voters the opportunity to sleep with his wife which really upset him.

Oh dear.

Harold Macmillan had a pretty sensible attitude to piss-taking. Macmillan famously publicly rebuked his Postmaster General, Reginald Bevins, for threatening to “do something” about That Was The Week That Was, reasoning that it was better to be portrayed as a buffoon in a topical comedy show, than to give the impression that you had no sense of humour.

GORDON ADDS: If you want to despair a little further watch him being interviewed on his sad creation on Sky News. He suggests that Webcameron is exactly the kind of thing that turns young people off politics, but when they see him (and his haircut – Shaun Ryder circa 1989 should sue) they will surely be turned on(?!).