Alex Massie

The Hurt Locker, the Fast Show and David Cameron

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Think Defence has some fun with this video, suggesting that it's a British version of The Hurt Locker. But actually, it's also a mini-exemplar of some of the debates currently being heard in Tory circles. From the perspective of the Tory grass roots and true believers, the officer in charge here not only looks like David Cameron, he proceeds with the same degree of muddling caution they find so frustrating.

The Hefferite and chuntering wing of the party is more in tune with the "Sod this" type of robust approach - especially, though far from exclusively, when it comes to cutting public spending. But getting away with this in a Fast Show sketch isn't quite the same as getting away with it in a real-life general election campaign...

Written byAlex Massie

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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