new puritan wrote:
I often wonder whether Cameron is the PR man he's cracked up to be.......
It's worth remembering that his only commercial experience was as director of corporate affairs with Carlton TV, a company regarded as a bit of a joke in media circles.
His PR ability seems to only extend as far as presenting as being well-spoken, pleasant and charming ... right up to the point that he is asked awkward questions which box him into a corner, then the façade drops and he starts snarling like a cornered fox. I've worked with capable PR people and their ability to remain calm and charming under fire is something to behold, Cameron is a rank amateur.
And he only got that Carlton job in the first place through family connections, iirc.
But yes, Cameron's shiny-faced family man image has helped him deflect a lot of the flak but it doesn't take much to rile him (see PMQs pretty much every week). I suppose he's been astute in the way he's deployed the Lib Dems as a human shield - not just as a scapegoat for the rabid Tory right but also for the left - but to be fair to the Labour frontbench they were fairly quick to cotton on to that strategy and their attitude towards Clegg & co seems to have softened a bit. The problem is that the perception of sleaze is hard to shift, as even Blair eventually found out to his cost. Perhaps the loss of Coulson has hurt Cameron more than I thought it might.