Today’s performance by Hunt at Leveson shows why we measure our pols on weaselometers these days. None of them are doing very well:
While around four in ten Britons trust all three leaders, around half do not trust Nick Clegg (51%) and David Cameron (54%) while 46% say Ed Miliband is not trustworthy. This represents David Cameron’s highest “not trustworthy” rating Ipsos MORI has recorded (though his lowest nettrustworthy rating was in August 2007). The current Prime Minister’s trustworthy ratings are very similar to those of Gordon Brown’s in his last month in Number 10, though nowhere near as bad as at the end of Tony Blair’s premiership.
Miliband: don’t think he’d come round at night and steal your garden gnomes, but you wouldn’t lend him any money.
Cameron. Would steal your garden gnomes and then break them in an act of purple-faced spite.
Clegg. Would steal your garden gnomes, then come round your house pretending to be a concerned neighbour and nick your wallet.
Brown: would steal your children and replace them with garden gnomes.
Blair: a sort of black hole of distrust, where distrust flips over into its opposite in another part if the multiverse and you pay him to take your children away and carry the garden gnomes to the van for him while he lectures you about rights and responsibilities.
Hunt: A kind of obsidian cinder of bad faith. He is tolerated because he is perceived not so much as a human being but as physical evidence of original sin.