Anatomy of a horse story

2nd March, 2012 11:59 am

It’s a Friday, so hopefully you’ll indulge me analysing briefing the total mess that Cameron and his team have made of the Rebekah Brooks horse story. Initially, Cameron’s team spent three days refusing to confirm or deny whether or not the PM had even ridden the horse that Rebekah Brooks loaned from the Met. Yesterday the PM broke his silence with a semi denial:

“Since I have been prime minister I think I have been on a horse once and it wasn’t that one.”

Yesterday afternoon, it was possible. Then yesterday evening, it was likely.

And now Cameron has said today:

“I did ride Raisa, I am very sorry Raisa is no longer with us.”

Confused yet? Four days from ignoring to denying, to potentially confirming to confirming. David Cameron has managed to flip flop on the thorny issue of whether or not he’d ridden a certain horse. Silly season has come early. Lucky us…

  • Brightreb

    Glad to see Labour supporters focusing on the important issues. 

  • GuyM

    Perhaps he had no idea whatthe horse was that he rode on years ago?

    The only thing silly about this story is the fact the media thinks anyone cares about a horde the PM may or may not have ridden once years ago.


      What the hell does ‘a horde’ have to do with it?

      • GuyM

        Probably something to do with a typo… take a look at your qwerty keyboard.

        • WILLIAM

          No, I was interested because you said that David Cameron had ridden on a horde. Isn’t that a bit tricky? Although I can see where you are coming from as he’s been taking us for a ride for nearly 2 years now. 

          • GuyM

            Hasn’t been taking me for a ride, but I offer my sympathy if your state benefits are being cut.

          • treborc

            Cameron for two years labour for thirteen, he has a bit  of going to catch up labour then.

  • treborc

    Can somebody please show me or tell me in the Daily mails picture, which one is the horse.

    • AlanGiles

      Easy – Mr Brooks runs over to the paddock to give it a rub-down and put on it’s nosebag.

      …He gives the horse a cube of sugar.

      • treborc

        Still cannot tell which picture is the horse.


    I am sure everyone would like to raise 3 cheers for DC’s other fiasco over in Brussels. Once again he’s been  batting hard for Britain in Europe, standing shoulder to shoulder with, er, the Czechs.

    • GuyM

      You mean the 12 managed to get a lot of what they wanted?

      So DC was wrong to veto a treaty and wrong to form a group to get changes forced through. I presume he’d also be wrong if he’d agreed no matter what with everything.

      Easy for people like you William isn’t it. No adopted position just able to criticise no matter what. Best ignored I think.

  • AlanGiles

    The unhealthy relationship between Brooks and politicians (of both main parties) and high placed police officers should be fully investigated.

    I am surprised Yates and Cameron would wish to spend time with a woman who was once arrested and spent the night in a police cell for common assault.

    • GuyM

      I think Cameron wanted to spend time with an old Friend from Eton, who happens to be married to Brooks.

      Of course if you think breaking old friendships in order to avoid any media coverage over who owned which horse is an honest thing to do well…..

      • AlanGiles

        Or perhaps Ms Brookes just enjoys opening her legs for a stallion?

        Boom, boom!

      • WILLIAM

        You just don’t seem to get it. 
        Murdoch, Brooks, Cameron + repeated lying.  The whole thing stinks.

        • GuyM

          I think my ability to recognise whether a horse I had ridden once years ago may or may not be a horse in a media photograph would be severly limited.

          And I’ll ask again, Cameron’s old school friend is married to Brooks, shoul he stop seeing him?

          • TomFairfax

             GuyM, You are correct in that it is a triffle narrow minded to blame someone for riding a horse when offered the chance.

            for some reason nobody in Downing Street seems rational when it comes
            to this type of thing. As usual it’s an attempt to hide the facts that
            creates a story out of nothing.

            Good job nobodys asked him what his favourite biscuit is.

          • treborc

            I know I know? Hob Nobs!!!!

          • TomFairfax

            You’ll never make a Downing St spokesman coming up with an answer to a straight forward question that quick.

          • treborc


          • GuyM

            A politician would have to consider focus group results before pronouncing on the biscuit question.

            Seriously though, so long as the public is stupid enough to care enough to even ask questions like that then they’ll get stupid answers.

          • WILLIAM

            Curious to know what shoul means?
            Actually on a serious note could we layoff the insults and abuse and engage in some kind of debate?

        • treborc

          Blair is James Murdock children’s god father  for crying out loud you cannot get no lower of the creep scale

      • treborc

         yes we see the horse in some of the picture, sorry sorry that’s Boris

  • PeterJukes

    Hackgate becomes hackinggate. According to the Michael Crick “Met Police mounted branch website mentions “suitable homes for retired horses … where the horse will not be ridden”. Did Cam break rules?”
    Raisa was returned in poor condition according to the Met.
    So – though this is a minor image – it’s a cartoonists dream, and a vivid symbol of Cameron’s closeness to the NI circle (not that New Labour were much better) but with more information on Coulson to come out, the danger is knocking again on Number Ten’s door. 
    I think hackinggate is fairly trivial compared with the Dreyfus like scandal that is unfolding over Britain: but still vivid and indicative

  • Winston_from_the_Ministry

    The horse was there from 2008-2010. So couldn’t he have ridden it before becoming Prime minister?

    I clicked on your final link expecting some evidence he had ridden this particular horse since becoming PM. It wasn’t there.

    If you’re going to make sarcastic comments about “silly season”, it might be a good idea to make sure you’re not actually participating yourself.

  • JC


    Sounds to me that most of the people commenting here know very little about retired police horses and what happens to them. Still, ignorance shouldn’t get in the way of a good opinion.

    • treborc

       Well my father use to take Police dogs and de-train them before sending them to the kennels, we had four Alsations our selves.  We also had three police horses they had a habit of biting. That was during the 1960’s.

  • Tom Miller

    Hope to see the ‘Horse’ tag getting a lot of use.

    • treborc

       Bit like how many god children has Blair.

  • Dave Postles

    Is there a police horse named Mikhail Sergeyevich?

    • TomFairfax

       Go on, what is the connection with Mikhail Sergeyevich  Gorbachev?

  • Jeff_Harvey

    Cameron rides the high horse every Wednesday at PMQs.

  • Dave Postles

    Friday story
    ‘Mrs Blurt’ e-mails must be divulged, announces the Information Commissioner.
    Let’s hear what Gove has been secretly doing.

  • treborc

     Well yes  must have a bit of a giggle now and again


    Completely unfounded and as it happens totally untrue. No state benefits for me old boy. I go to work, until perhaps Cameron and his idiotic rich cronies, like Rebekah Brooks for example, destroy all the jobs left in this country.

  • Alan McMahon

    I’d be able to take your comments more seriously if you didn’t present that ludicrous and insulting facelift ad at the bottom of your comment.

  • dave stone

    But this is an important issue. It reveals how our rulers operate: the chumminess between those at the top of corporations and those in government and the way that supposedly strictly regulated civic institutions are corrupted. 

    It’s all favours granted and favours expected in return. Horses and champagne for the powerful. Austerity for the rest.

  • Daniel Speight

    The problem for Cameron is the third part  of the Leveson inquiry will deal with the relationship between the press, including Murdoch, and politicians. Even though Cameron hasn’t had the chance to build up anything like the past relationship between Rupert and Tony, it’s still going to be fairly damming. With Coulson as his right-hand man and Brooks as his next door neighbour and riding partner he will look more like a 1930’s Chicago mayor than a 21st. Century British prime minister.


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