Today George Osborne told Tory Conference delegates in Manchester that:
“we are the party of hard working people”.
That’s a sensible line for Osborne to take. his party are considered out of touch, aloof, rich and often a little too posh. Arguing that they are, in fact, on the side of working people is a sensible idea. And yet, here’s what was in the Guido Fawkes column in yesterday’s Sun:
“Downing Street spin boss Craig Oliver made a cringeworthy slideshow presentation to government advisers and Press spinners with dos and don’ts for the Tory party conference that starts today. Don’ts included drinking champagne and talking too loudly about things they didn’t want in the Press.
Dos included slotting the slogan “for hard-working people” into every speech, at which point a No.10 handyman walked in to check the projector was working.
Before he was even out of the door Cameron’s Old Etonian chief of staff Ed Llewellyn patronisingly quipped “that’s a hard-working person” in case any of them were out of touch.”
So the party of hardworking people make crass jokes about hard working people in the corridors of power. Not very convincing is it? A Labour source told us:
“This shows just how out of touch David Cameron and his closes aides are. It is yet more evidence that they just stand-up for a few at the top.”
Watch out for more galling and barely credible references to “hard-working people” later this week…