Alex Massie

Cameroons vs Cameronians

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In his Prospect piece on "Red Toryism" (of which more later) Philip Blond refers to "Cameroonian conservatism" and he's hardly alone in talking about "Cameroonianism" and the so-called "Cameroons" who follow Dave. Who chose these labels? And why? I mean, the perfectly sensible - and real! - word "Cameronian" already existed. Is it because no-one wanted to suggest that Dave's acolytes were like these fellows or because it was thought that "Cameroons" sounded amusing and riffed on these traditional Scottish sweets? Or, of course, upon a former French colony in West Africa?

Anyway, I suppose we're stuck with "Cameroons" now. Perhaps Spectator readers can explain why - and by whom - this nonsensical term was coined in the first place?

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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