Human shields: Cameron cowers behind Osborne in budget as Liberal Democrats flank the chancellor

Never has the adage that David Cameron uses his Liberal Democrat colleagues as human shields been so true. Expanding the repertoire of parliamentary choreography, Osborne has not only been “doughnuted” by Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander but completely obscures the prime minister from the main TV camera in the Commons chamber.

Peek-a-boo! Cameron is seated directly behind Gideon and – crucially – out of the way of the troublesome dispatch box camera used for 95% of news packages:

So, where are prime ministers supposed to sit during difficult budgets? Here’s a clue:

Front benchers are acutely aware of the (usually positive) impact of proximity to the speaking member.

The seating arrangement obscuring Cameron is no accident.

One Comment

  1. Posted June 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Lib Dems were cleverly set / stitched up. And also on BBC Question Time yesterday, leaving VInce Cable to defend the bulk of what are their decisions

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