Published on 16 Nov 2010

Royal wedding sparks Labour photographer joke

Alan Johnson just suggested that if the Royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, “need a photographer, I understand there’s one now available.”

That was a reference to what one Labour shadow minister called “our first scalp” – Andy Parsons, the Conservative party’s hired snapper, slipped onto the government payroll not long ago and today, a short while before the royal engagement was announced, slipped back off it.

Ed Miliband’s team managed to infuriate the PM when they got their man asking about Mr Parsons in Prime Minister’s Questions. They hoped this saga could get traction with voters in the same way that Mr Cameron became associated strongly with the chauffeur driven car that, for a while, drove behind him carrying his work gear as he cycled to the Commons.

Tories will be hoping they’ve killed this story off fast enough to avoid exactly that.

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3 reader comments

  1. margaret brandreth-jones says:

    I didn’t think Kate would get much resistance and Dicky Arbiter seems to be delighted.

    I am happy that a new generation is having another try and that the couple want to do it their way. This would please Diana greatly.

    As for political pull and snappers , well I have a camera on my mobile and would suggest that I amongst many will put our own politics on the ‘joyous occassion’

    Last night we were talking about felicitation. This must score high for us story loving, happy ending romantics.

  2. Mudplugger says:

    Cameron’s crew deserve all the ignominy they get for the sheer thoughtless idiocy of putting the vanity snappers on the public payroll at this time.

    If they aim to sell the ‘we’re all in this together message’, then the one thing they shouldn’t be caught doing is attaching squadrons of their in-house mates to the public teat.

    An overwhelming whiff of hipocrisy reaches the nostrils.

    This courageous Coalition has a brief and one-off opportunity to reset so many elements of government – on balance, it has started quite well with the benefits review, slashing Legal Aid, reining in the profligate MoD and local authorities etc. But that opportunity won’t last long, even less so when they gift the opposition such wonderful open-goals, albeit trivial in scale.

    What Blair could get away with, while Brown was busy borrowing the money, is no longer on the agenda for Cast-Iron Dave & Co – the sooner they realise that every slip will be spotted, pounced upon and blogged, then the sooner they will understand the new world order and may have a chance of success.

  3. Saltaire Sam says:

    Nothing speaks louder of Cameron’s vacuity than the incidents of the car and photographer. The fact that the foolishness of both had to be pointed out to him shows his mindset.

    Then of course, there was the reaction of him and Osborne to the Northern Rock crisis. Now these two pontificate as though they are economic whizz kids.

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