Politicians normally don't like surprises, or having to answer tough questions off the cuff. Even Question Time is a staged routine where party leaders pretend bite back for the camera - pure Punch 'n Judy. But ITV's This Morning Show turned out to be an unlikely arena for this prime ministerial showdown...
PANIC STATIONS: PM David Cameron appeared to get the shock of life Thursday morning when a seemingly harmless character, host Philip Schofield, challenged the PM about the government's policy of denial regarding any paedophiles, past, present or future, in No.10, or anywhere else in Westminster for that matter.
Schofield is last guy you'd expect to go for the PM like this, but now thousands are Tweeting and Facebooking support for Schofield, and his 'street cred' index for 18-35′s has just shot into orbit.
The only line Schofield crossed, was to rightly challenge a public politician on a serious issue. It was a rare display of balls in the mainstream media - which has made him a sort of people's presenter. No doubt, and all too predictably, ITV will be pressured by Downing Street and Ofcom to sack Schofield for his challenge to the PM - let's see if ITV have got some of the family jewels that the BBC clearly lack. But if they cave in, ITV will have cut loose what appears to be its coolest asset in years.
What did Cameron mean about a 'witch-hunt'? Last time we checked, no one is looking for witches, we were just hoping the Tory government might be kind enough to assist in hunting down delinquent paedophiles who have been allowed to roam freely in British public institutions.
Cameron has somehow injected bizarre ‘gay’ talking point into No.10 paedophile debate.
Call it a gaffe, but what Cameron said in this interview was very revealing, however, because host Schofield at no time mentioned anything about 'gays' in Tory government, but there it is.
Westminster's 'Gay' Secret?
Cameron has somehow injected bizarre 'gay' talking point into No.10 paedophile debate.
Cameron may have inadvertently revealed a commonly known secret within the halls of Parliament and something the public are mostly unaware of, gay members of the government who are still 'in the closet', as it were. Is this what Cameron was referring to?
Cameron has raised a few important questions here. Firstly, are there gay MP's who are in the closet? Of course there are.
Secondly, if you were a gay MP and still in the closet, would you wanted to be 'outed'? Of course not.
So, could MP's or politicos threaten to 'out' a gay MP, in order to gain some political leverage? That's an important question, because the same logic would apply to any paedophile
working within government. Hmmm,
that could be a problem if that were to happen.
Bottom line: Britain, and not just the BBC, has an institutional child abuse problem, and it appears like the establishment are only interested in sweeping it back under the rug.
Maybe someone should be asking Cameron exactly what he meant when he referred to 'gays'...