Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cameron Lies In His Speech - He MUST Apologise For Deliberately Misquoting Ed Balls and For Deliberately Misleading His Party Conference!

David Cameron blatantly lied with one of his quotes in his conference speech.
Pinocchio Cameron
Tells So Many Lies His Nose Grows By The Minute
Playing to the base instincts of the party faithful, the prime minister denounced the former Schools Secretary Ed Balls, as having opposed the coalition government's new free schools on the grounds they would create "winners". 
Here is exactly what Mr Cameron said in his speech, which was heavily slanted sarcasm:

"Ed Balls, the man who used to be in charge of education in our country, he said one of the dangers of our schools policy was that it would create 'winners. (deluded conference laughter)
"Winners? I mean we can't possibly have winners.
"I mean the danger that your child might go to school and turn out to be a winner.
"Anti-aspiration. Anti-success. Anti-parents who just want the best for their children.
"What an unbelievable attitude from this Labour generation, and we're gonna fight it all the way."

Mr Cameron's office confirmed yesterday (6/10/10) that the Ed Balls quote he used came from Newsnight on 25 May this year, when Mr Balls took part in a discussion with the journalist Toby Young, a supporter of free schools.
Mr Balls precise words on Newsnight were:

"The danger is that there will be winners in this policy, but it is dishonest not to say that there will be losers as well."

Which is of course entirely different to how David Cameron quoted Mr Balls at his conference.  This is the type of thing that causes the public to lose trust in politicians and refuse to believe them. So much for the "New" and "open" politics of Cameron, Osborne and Clegg.

Mr Balls, should write to the prime minister and demand a full and public apology and he should also report the pm to the Speaker of the House, John Bercow.


Nicky said...

Well said, Gracie. As well as distorting what Ed Balls said, he also said one in four children left primary school not being able to read, write and do maths 'properly'. The actual statistic is that these children haven't reached level 4, which is actually the high standard that a Labour govt introduced. Most children reach at least level 3, which is still a lot better to the average level of attainment when the Tories were in power.

There was so much else wrong with Cameron's speech as well.

Great blog, by the way.

Gracie Samuels said...

Thanks Nicky and you are absolutely correct, the standard of education has risen in this country and so has the schools our children are taught in. I fear that all the excellent progress that has been made will now be reversed and class numbers grow again, it's a crying shame.