Sunday, October 01, 2006

Cameron's JFK Strategy

The comparisons of David Cameron to JFK have to stop. There have been countless articles referencing different pieces of the Cameron story to JFK and it now looks like a concerted attempt to plant this image in the mind of the electorate.

The key pieces so far are:
  1. The comments from Senator John McCain about the similarities between the two
  2. The leaked quote for Cameron's speech on Monday echoing JFK's "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
  3. The strategy to paint the Webcameron blog as Cameron embracing a new communication medium in the same way that JFK did with television
Comparing Gordon Brown to a modern day Richard Nixon is probably not a bad strategy, but not to be outdone, John Reid has also been getting in on the act. He quoted JFK at last week's Labour Conference saying "we have to be prepared to bear any burden, pay any price, face any foe and support any friend to ensure the protection and survival of liberty." You wait 33 years for a JFK and would you believe it, two come along at once.

I thought I might get in on the act and quote JFK myself: "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, continued, and dishonest; but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. "

1 comment:

Harry Potter said...

If he's adopting a JFK strategy, does it also entail sleeping with every pretty girl he comes across?