Alex Massie

Will the real Dave Cameron please stand up?

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The British political and media classes are, naturally enough, obsessed with and fascinated by the American presidential election process. That leads to the temptation (always yielded to) of trying to find parallels betwene American politicians and their British counterparts (I also do this, obviously).

Sometimes, however, this has comical consequences. Thus this morning, Benedict Brogan asks if David Cameron is a British Jimmy Carter even as Fraser Nelson wonders if he's actually a British Barack Obama.

Now, in fairness both Brogan and Nelson are latching on to Cameron's efforts to "run against Westminster" and offer himself as an uncorrupted "agent of change". I suppose if you think the Tory glass half-empty you might see Cameron as Carter, but if it's half-full then Obama is an obviously more attractive comparison...

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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