David Cameron – time to leave his schooldays behind?

Apparently David Cameron, speaking today at Imperial College, London, has called the BNP ‘retarded racists’. I thought it had more or less become accepted these days that we don’t use the r-word? Not racist, obviously, he can call them racist all he likes, but isn’t retarded/retard the language of the playground?

Cameron has shown similarly poor judgment on a number of occasions recently. Not only did he get pulled up for impersonating a Nazi, but – more seriously – he also told a rather crass joke about Beachy Head, which went something along the lines of, if you were on the top of Beachy Head with a Labour activist and a Liberal Democrat, who would you throw off first? The answer being Labour, ‘business before pleasure’. The problem being not that we’ve heard it, or a variation on it, many times before, but that the joke was delivered within days of a young couple throwing themselves off Beachy Head with the body of their severely disabled child, who had just died of meningitis. I would have thought Cameron, of all people, might have realised how crass and insensitive it was to be making jocular references to Beachy Head at such a time.

If he wants people to take him seriously as a possible future Prime Minister, he needs to grow up a bit.

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