The Spectator

No time to leave the country

No time to leave the country
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As Middle England sinks further underwater today, David Cameron is off to Rwanda to inspect the gap year-style project overseen by Andrew Mitchell. The timing couldn’t be worse: today, for the first time in decades, there are towns in Britain without clean water. Temporary residents’ centres are opening for the displaced in Oxford.

If I were Gordon Brown, I’d visit as many of these places as I could while Cameron is abroad, and be pictured comforting Middle England as Cameron poses with Rwandans And if I were Mr Cameron, I’d avoid the cameras today for precisely these reasons. Fate has made this the worst possible time for him to go.