‘Suave Old Etonian’ David Cameron appeared at 25, Nick Clegg made his debut reporting on student protests, and Tony Blair spoke of unilateralism
On 2 April it will be 23 years since the UK prime minister, David Cameron, first appeared in the Guardian. Described as a 25-year-old “suave Old Etonian”, Cameron, the then prime minister John Major’s personal adviser, was one of several young staff showing potential during what looked like a farcical election campaign.
Michael White, David Hencke, Alan Travis and Patrick Wintour wrote that the rise of the “unblooded brat pack” in 1992, which also included 22-year-old Steve Hilton, was causing concern among senior party members such as Michael Heseltine and Michael Portillo.
Hungary could soon have the youngest government in European history, Nick Clegg and Nigel Gardner reported 22 years ago.
He is highly pragmatic on the common market – ‘come out if we must, but not as an article of socialist faith’ – but firm on unilateralism. He says the older generation, accustomed to conventional warfare, has not yet awoken to the real nature of the threat, the ‘warfare of the end game’.
The Carnival of Feminists is trying to reach as many women as possible, with the most recent carnival held on the Indian blog, Indianwriting. ‘That was our fourth continent,’ says Bennett, ‘and I’m looking for an African blogger, so that we can reach our fifth.’
Ms Wood, sparky and combative, is running unashamedly on a socialist platform, claiming there is no point the Rhondda boosting the number of New Labour MPs and acting almost as if she’s the favourite. ‘I want to be the Rhondda’s voice in London, not London’s voice in the Rhondda,’ she proclaimed at a public meeting.
Outside she says: “You know, I feel sorry for people in England – they only have a choice of three rightwing parties.” Continue reading...