Who would you trust?
Hackgate and the fallout has presented the British public with an interesting question - who should they trust in this whole affair?
With all the drama over phone hacking and other misdeeds I think that the media have missed something very important. One person has throughout, and under considerable pressure, retained a calm, studied, legally fair refusal to bend to the prevailing wind.
I am not so sure that the general public deserve the disdain they are treated with. Recent neutral poll results and conversations with members of the “non-twitterati” majority would indicate that they have not failed to notice these virtues.
David Cameron seems to be a guy who makes friends. It even seems that if he makes friends with you it is for the long term. If you are befriended by the likes of Gordon Brown, Tony Blair or, god forbid, David Miliband (maybe I meant Ed there, I can’t keep up), they will shower you with largesse and make sure you are the one to fly to the top.
That is right up until the moment you might embarrass them, at which point they will drop you like a hot potato (in certain cases even if you are fraternally related).
If you have ever been in any sort of trouble (legal, reputational, allegedly criminal, whatever), you will know that the one thing that is worth more than anything else is loyalty. If you have sixteen friends and are accused of something nasty – those friends will shrink to two, if you are lucky.
David Cameron has proved that he is a true friend, a genuine friend and a friend worth having. When things got tough – Brown accused everyone around him, often without proof. Prescott and Miliband saw a bandwagon and leapt blindly. Blair – well let’s not go there, the remainder think attacking News International will do them good – beware.
Throughout all, one has refused to join the baying lynch mob, one has stood tall amongst all others, one has said I will not rush to condemn, one has said he is my friend, one has said as yet he is innocent, one has said he needs my help – I will back him.
That one is the one who currently has the most to lose and who would have benefited most from early condemnation of all. I realise that he will come under increasing pressure to change but hope he maintains his high standards.
Regardless of party politics, take any handful of players in this tragedy and name one who has remained constant throughout – you will end with only one.
Who do we the electorate want leading Britain? Guys that back down and run away at first sign of trouble or a man who will be consistent and supportive of his friends?
As a committed Conservative I was becoming doubtful about some of the decisions David Cameron has made recently but his steadfastness in this affair has restored my confidence and guaranteed my continued support.
Dave Poole is a freelance writer who tweets at @davidkpoole
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