I recently ordered a copy of David Cameron’s autobiography For the Record in connection with a book project I’m working on. The book is scheduled for publication in the autumn.
Cameron’s book was priced at £25 on publication (September 2019) and used copies in very good condition can be bought for a little over £6.00 on Amazon. I bought a used copy, not wanting to give a penny to Cameron. The quality was “as new”, even if the author was, and remains, a five-star liberal plonker.
Before I turn to Cameron’s views on Hattie Harperson, what of Steve Hilton, his chief strategy advisor for many years? The two had studied PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics) at Oxford University together. When I worked as a business consultant at the Conservative Central Headquarters in London (2006-8) Hilton was widely considered as… how best to describe him?… a picnic short of a sandwich. I once had a meeting with Hilton and others, in which I expressed an opinion on something (I forget what). Hilton exploded, like a hysterical toddler.
We know what Hilton thought of Harperson from an interview the two of them had on The Andrew Marr Show in May 2015, which we have on our YouTube channel. The piece is here (video, 2:38). Hilton fawns over Harperson, it’s nothing short of excruciating.
And what of Cameron? Firstly, an aside. For those of us who admire Philip Davies MP and know the critical role he played in the early (and later) days of the campaign to withdraw the UK from the EU, it’s a disgrace that Cameron’s sole reference to Philip (p.332), is in the context of the three-line-whip on Conservative MPs to oppose a referendum on the EU, on 11 October, 2011. 81 Conservative MPs rebelled. Cameron’s words:
Lisbon [J4MB: The Lisbon Treaty] didn’t just rile the usual suspects. It also had an impact on the younger, liberal, what some might call the “Cameroon” wing of the party – reinforced by the fact that MPs were keen to reflect their constituents’ views. The bright and loyal MP Stuart Andrew came up to me and said that he backed my leadership, but because of the boundary review he would potentially be going for the same seat as anti-EU MP Philip Davies, and he had to rebel. I didn’t like it, but I understood.
The ringleaders were rapturous. They had brought about the biggest parliamentary rebellion on the issue of the EU for years…
Harperson, in stark contrast, is mentioned in seven sections of the book. On p.243:
Harriet Harman was effective. She asked questions about subjects she was passionate about, like equal pay and justice for rape victims. And she had a strong but likeable character, with a good sense of humour, which meant she managed to be persistent without ever sounding strident. [J4MB: Is Cameron confusing her with another woman?]
So there you have it. In common with Steve Hilton, his chief strategist, Cameron admired the most vile radical feminist of her generation. Cameron was no conservative.
The book is 732 pages long, the index alone 28 pages. The word “feminism” doesn’t appear in the index.
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