Pictured running in an Aston Villa shirt with his own name emblazoned on the back, David Cameron told the Standard today of his love for the beautiful game:
“I’m an ardent fan.”
Cameron’s uncle, Sir William Dugdale, was a director of the club and took a 13-year old future prime minister to his first football match at Villa Park. If Dave is such a genuine fan, however, why did he tell the House of Commons twenty years later:
“Many of those who have spoken in the debate or have written about the subject are either lawyers or football fans, but I have to confess that I am neither”
We’ve seen photo opportunities like this before and the image of the premier jogging through a London park (flanked by five protection officers) will doubtless grace the pages of more than one newspaper tomorrow. While genuine Spurs fan Andy Coulson leveraged football to make posh Cameron seem more in touch with the plebeians, it seemed slightly more believable than Craig Oliver’s efforts today.
Would Cameron not be more comfortable playing the Eton wall game?