Cameron answers three questions from Slugger…


Okay, I’m sorry this took so long. David Cameron’s Office had it back to us promptly on Tuesday, but with so many other things happening in the last few days, I didn’t get time to upload it with my technically challenged skill set. Also, now the hype’s blown over, I’m hoping for a more reasoned exchange on the material and matters arising from it. You’ll find the three questions from our readers below the fold that the UK Leader of the Opposition has given answers to.

In his opinion, has the New Labour devolution project in the UK strengthened or weakened the Union? If it is the former, will he then be looking to extend the “benefits” of devolution to England? If it is the latter, how does he propose to remedy the situation?

Mr O’Neill, Belfast

Do you support academic selection at 11 and if so (since it is only used for selecting for a place at a grammar school) why have you abandoned grammar schools in England yet claim to support them here?

S Elliott

How does current Conservative policy on restraining public spending sit with the fact that almost every major economy is planning some kind of stimulus package?

Kensei

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  • George

    I knew Cameron would eventually come around to following the parental choice route rather than having the State at the centre.

    Naturally, he was never going to cite unexotic Ireland as his model so instead says Sweden, where they have a tendency to do things in a much more organised manner.

    Sweden first went for public funding of private schools in 1992.

    I only wish Cameron made it clear that these completely government-financed schools that he is proposing would not be allowed to charge tuition fees.

    I fear they might and if so Cameron would be edging closer to the Irish model than the Swedish one.

  • Blue Rinse Brigade

    Cameron gets what Maggie always wanted…the ability to answer questions from inside Bucks Palace! Crikey, CCHQ has changed…

  • frustrated democrat

    Well there you have it democracy at work – the leader of the 2nd biggest party in the UK taking time to talk directly to Sluggerettes and put his position their questions.

    Agree with him, the pact, and his positions or not, he has by doing this demonstrated that he is committed to the Union and to Northern Ireland.

    Let us see some other leaders local and national taking up the challenge, maybe Mick would take questions for them that he can put in the same way.

    I hope this is the first step in bringing the NI electorate back to an interest in politics and discussing the real issues.

  • Mick Fealty

    fd:

    I would surely. And Kathleen will continue with her video interviews too. But for now, let’s try and provide them with a little demonstration of crowd-source value and take the man up on some of his answers.

  • Scottish parliament good.
    Northern Irish assembly good.
    Welsh assembly good.

    English parliament bad.

    What a tosser.

    Curses on your Union McCameron.

    Home rule for England.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Disappointing questions – he coud swat those in his sleep – surely something to rattle him about the OO links with the UU or splitting the Unionist vote or challenging him on actually taking sides – the British tribe’s side – whilst saying he want an end to tribal politics.

  • frustrated democrat

    Sammy

    The OO has no longer any direct links with the UUP, have you been asleep? Many, if not most, in the OO are now DUP supporters.

    Members of the UUP may of course be independently members in the OO and any other legal non political organisation they choose.

    Your other questions are more interesting.

  • frustrated democrat

    Sammy

    BTW Cameron has always been in the same British ‘Tribe’ as the unionists here, of whatever persuasion. So he didn’t take sides he is one of the sides as leader of a British Party.

  • Dave

    “Home rule for England.” – Wyrdtimes

    ‘English taxes for England. English law for England. Home rule for England.’

    I agree with you. If you cut the subvention to the hanger-on countries, you’d quickly discover that they agree with you too.

  • Mick Fealty

    Sammy were you asleep when we asked for questions (several times as I recall)?

  • Nomad

    Very impressive. It feels like as far as UK politics are concerned, someone has hit the ‘on’ switch at last.

    Dave,

    “I agree with you. If you cut the subvention to the hanger-on countries, you’d quickly discover that they agree with you too. “

    I don’t disagree with the spirit of your response, but isn’t it a question of economies of scale? I do agree that we should try to look after ourselves, but this arguement strikes me as being a little disingenuous. It seems equality of opportunity and services should be what is compared and not a rather arbitrary number.

  • Kensei

    That’s the standard argument the Tories are coming out with, which I can appreciate but disagree with. That was always coming, I think, so it probably needed a twist for something truly useful.

    I thought of a better question too.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    frustrated democrat

    “BTW Cameron has always been in the same British ‘Tribe’ as the unionists here, of whatever persuasion. So he didn’t take sides he is one of the sides as leader of a British Party. ”

    Precisley the point – he’s a member of a tribe and he’s lecturing the natives about tribal politics – that is a fecking nonsense.

    “Members of the UUP may of course be independently members in the OO and any other legal non political organisation they choose. ”

    That is also the point – members of the Tory/UU funny alliance will be marching up and down through areas they are not wanted invloved in anti-catholic rallies. Didnt some Tory get thrown out for wearing a Nelson Mandela facemask with some bones as a necklace. The latter may be bad taste the former encouraging intolerance and bigotry on a province wide scale.

    Mick,

    I did supply questions similar to those ones I mentioned above – I think the fecker should have been tested – this is at the very least a very risky venture for Unionism and he goes back home just as ill-informmed as when he arrived.

  • bisto

    “Cameron blows Nose”.

    Mick Fealty has a thread on it.

  • doctor

    “The OO has no longer any direct links with the UUP, have you been asleep? Many, if not most, in the OO are now DUP supporters.

    Members of the UUP may of course be independently members in the OO and any other legal non political organisation they choose.”

    Well, the second sentence is correct in the sense that many, if not most, northern protestants now appear to be DUP supporters. But according to some here, isn’t this magical alliance supposed to bring those very same DUP supporters back “home” to the Ulster Unionists? (along with hordes of converted nationalists, of course) At any rate, the OO is still pretty heavily represented in the ranks of UUP public representatives, with the ensuing tendency to commit embarassing gaffes.

  • David B. Wildgoose

    So Cameron is in favour of Devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but opposes Devolution for England. He openly admits that he opposes given the English equal democratic rights with the “Celtic” nations.

    It appears that the only role he envisages for England is as tax-serfs for the British State.

    In the past he has said “Better an imperfect Union than no Union at all”.

    Well, more and more English are now saying “Better no Union at all than one in which we are made second-class citizens within our own country”.

    Cameron isn’t standing up for the Union. If he was, he’d be demanding that it treated all its people equally.

    No, Cameron is defending the continuance of Scottish NuLabour’s Anglophobic bigotry. It will be ironic if it is Conservative Party support for Scottish NuLabour policies that finally causes the UK to break up.

  • Jim Gash

    So Cameron still wants England to be under the control of the British Raj.
    No freedom and democracy for the English.
    He is just another control freak like the other tossers that sit in Westminster.

  • Another example of why Camoron is a big self-serving English-hating cock. The last thing he wants is another set of politicians? There’s no reason why an English Parliament has to mean more politicians – it will mean the majority of the British Parliament’s work is redundant and we wouldn’t need over 650 British MPs. Less British MPs means less British constituencies and perhaps Camoron‘s safe seat won’t be so safe if it’s merged with another couple of seats.

    The majority of English people want an English Parliament, this has been proven time and again by the Campaign for an English Parliament with independent opinion polls conducted by the top polling companies in England. What Camoron wants is irrelevant – what the majority of English people want is an English government with English politicians elected by English people to represent English interests.

  • blinding

    Home rule for the English will have to happen eventually.
    It is unfair on the English to be second class citizens.
    Whats sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

  • Four things I’d like to see from Cameron:

    1. Commitment to scrap the English regions project
    2. Commitment to end the Barnett Formula
    3. An England only referendum on the re-establishment of the English Parliament
    4. Commitment to give the “UK” a referendum on membership of the EU.

    Chances of getting any of these – close to zero I’d say.