Some time ago, I pointed out a connection between Michael Gove’s bizarre belief that anti-semitism, being evil, is something that ought not to be dissected and understood, and David Cameron’s desire to paper over discussion following the London riots.
In both of these cases, a senior Conservative politician seems scared of allowing analysis and discussion to go on. Rather than pushing for a particular course of action by arguing for it, they argue that there can be no arguments or analysis, and then try to present their own preferred action as the default one.
David is at it again over the Olympic opening ceremony. Rather than saying that the ceremony is a political expression that he agrees with, and thereby risk alienating people, he tries to pretend that it is an entirely apolitical affair.
To do this, he pushes the elements under criticism as if they were moral axioms that transcend all people, things about which disagreement is not possible.
He added: “It is not about politics. We all celebrate the NHS. We all think James Bond is fantastic. We all revere the Queen.”
Think what you will of the politics of both Danny Boyle and David Cameron: this statement is untrue.
Obviously, not everybody “revere[s] the Queen”: The existence of the Republic campaign confirms as much. Some people, myself included, wish for the NHS to be abolished, and a great deal more wish for it to be replaced or reformed. I’m sure that there is disagreement over whether or not James Bond is loveable.
Once again, David Cameron avoids sticking his neck on the line by declaring an issue impervious to reason.