Far from being a Blairite clone, argues Peter Oborne, David Cameron has the potential to bring truly radical change to the culture of British politics—but only if he dares to stick to his convictionsby Peter Oborne / December 20, 2008 / Leave a comment
Published in December 2008 issue of Prospect Magazine
Discuss this article at First Drafts, Prospect ‘s blog
Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones
by David Cameron & Dylan Jones (4th Estate, £12.99)
The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain
by Douglas Carswell & Daniel Hannan (Direct Democracy,£10)
For the first half of the 20th century, we journalists understood that our role was to report politicians on their own terms. We did not try to interpret, still less challenge. On the contrary, it was understood that the role of a parliamentary correspondent was to set down and describe the words and actions of the leading statesmen of the day. Political speeches would be reported on newspaper front pages, often spread over several columns, the day after they were made. It was assumed that the reader would reach his own judgment. In his early novels, Christopher Isherwood insisted that he sought to convey an unrefracted version of reality to the general reader. “I am a camera,” he said. Political journalists had exactly the same objective.