The speculation about whether the Tory leader did or didn’t dabble in drugs during his far from mis-spent youth has resurfaced.
It has taken that beacon of common sense and clarity, Home Secretary John Reid, to sum this particular non-story up in a few simple words.
He called it a “so what?” moment and for once I have a degree of sympathy and admiration for David Cameron.
He refers to his youth and what might or might not have happened as his “private past”, one which bears absolutely no relevance to his political career. He is absolutely right in this particular instance.
Yet some have even suggested that Mr Cameron is not fit for office as he has failed to confirm or deny the allegations that he smoked cannabis in his teenage years. Such claims are ridiculous and the general apathy shown towards this story by most people does lend credence to accusations that the Tory leader is the victim of a media-fuelled agenda.
I would suggest that the average voter is more concerned about politics than personal agendas.
For example, there are questions about Mr Cameron’s fitness for the role of Tory leader and Prime Minister because of his continued failure to add substance to the soundbites. He has singularly failed to provide any coherent policies regarding the major issues affecting the country, although he has never been slow in raising them and telling us the Conservatives have the solution – we’re still waiting to hear what those solutions will be.
We’ve had a decade and more of spin and soundbites that have promised more than policies have delivered, so there is a strong argument to suggest Mr Cameron is shooting himself in the foot by adopting Tony Blair’s now flawed formula.
Whether Dave inhaled or not is irrelevant.
What he actually stands for and could do for the country is far more critical.