There is one very simple thing the PM needs to do if he wants to capitalise on this weekend’s jubilation, writes Harry Cole - and it has nothing to do with standing in front of bunting
As a big shiny distraction from our economic woes and the political disaster that David Cameron’s government is perilously close to becoming, the Royal Jubilee weekend was pretty good.
The problems were never far away though – be they Sayeeda Warsi and her dodgy expenses or the Impending Collapse of Western Civilisation™ (Español Edition).
Rain; BBC commentators; republicans; health and safety crowd control; the works. They all tried their best but could not defeat the pomp and circumstance. Publicans and republicans alike appreciated the trial of the three day week that we might just have to get used to.
Banners and bunting adorned Downing Street and in every shot of the Prime Minister, there were union jacks and sunshine winning the day.
There was an orchestrated attempt to link the government to the feel good factor and you can see how much Labour fear this bond by their attempts to dampen the mood with sour-pussed hysterics over unpaid volunteer stewards who were forced to camp.
That debate can be saved for another day, but as a rule of thumb, the blue team tend to do best out of a good old regal knees up and we have seen nothing yet to suggest that won’t be the same this time round.
So what to do Dave?
As the Jubilee concert drew to its inevitable, Paul McCartney-based climax, Twitter jokes about the SNP enjoying the launch of the “Yes to the UK” campaign started to do the rounds.
With the bounce of such events likely to wear off after a few weeks, going to war with SNP on the back of one weekend is not going to happen, but you must hope that the Prime Minister was watching.
Half-cut and half-enthused by the day - mainly because my street had just been turned into a minute urban music festival for the day - I thought why stop there with Scotland?
If Cameron took one thing away from this weekend it shouldn’t be that he looks better in morning dress than Ed (that’s a given, but Prince Harry looked the best, so there). Instead the PM should take a look at those vast crowds waving red, white and blue.
He should look at the pictures of hundreds of thousands of smiling heads all queuing for one reason - because they are proud to be British.
A sentiment that we are told not to ram down the throat of others was on full display this weekend and a flag, often sneered at as poisoned, was waved in all its glory.
Sure, we wouldn’t redesign our national system with the monarch at the heart of it if we were back to the drawing board today - but we have something our bureaucratic neighbours in Europe do not - stability and a focal point for our pride.
If Cameron really wants to turn things around and distract from the dreary gloom his government is apparently forcing upon the nation, then why not give those proud Brits something to be proud of - independence once more and a chance to reclaim Britain.
Sod calling the Scottish referendum, Prime Minister; give us the in/out European question that you cannot run away from.On the back of this weekend, it might just save your bacon.
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