Welcome to Cameron country: where tax is optional, EU workers lose rights and refugees are “a bunch of migrants”

Iain Macwhirter

SOME years ago, the actress Helena Bonham Carter remarked that David Cameron “wasn’t a right-wing” politician. She said he wasn’t even really a Tory and would probably be a reforming Democrat were he in American politics.

David Cameron liked to call himself a liberal “compassionate” Conservative, who urged us all to “hug a hoodie”, build the “big society” and be tolerant of sexual minorities. He said he was “passionate” about equality.

So what happened? Has the PM had a compassion bypass? Last week Cameron attacked Jeremy Corbyn (who seems to be getting something right these days) for “standing up … for a bunch of migrants” in Calais. Is that really how he regards refugees? Probably, because he was speaking the day after he initially rejected giving refuge to some of the 3,000 unaccompanied migrant children.

In the same episode of Prime Minister’s Questions, Cameron vigorously defended the iniquitous bedroom tax…

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