This visit followed his day in Birmingham with a muslim family and a day in Hull as a teaching assistant. No doubt the comments will be full of people with negative comments about this kind of thing, but I think it's fantastic he's out on the road doing it. Too many politicians get wedded to the Westminster village and lose touch with the real world. None of these visits are pre-publicised and no press is present, so far as I know. He takes his own cameraman to record small parts of each day and then writes it himself up on the WebCameron Blog. It's not written by one of his gofers - he does it himself. Mock all you like, but in my book this is one of the best things he has done as leader.
Friday, May 25, 2007
'Ere Sonny, Take Your Hands Out of Your Pockets
Earlier this week David Cameron did another one of his days 'spending time in the real world' and headed off to Welsh Wales to
kick some Welsh LibDem ass experience life on the beat with the Heddlu. He was in Newtown with a police sergeant finding out exactly how stretched rural police can be. Vast areas are patrolled by one or two officers who only have capacity to respond to one emergency at a time. They are short of cells, meaning endless long drives to bigger towns when they are, all too frequently, full. David Cameron went out on patrol in a pursuit car, heard about planning for a VIP visit, witnessed the endless paperwork, spent a morning visiting a rural outpost as well as seeing the daily operations of a town-centre police station. More on his blog HERE.