Cameron keeps Mumsnet waiting

Parents left frustrated at technical delays to Conservative leader's webchat, reports Michael Savage

Gordon Brown got in trouble for dodging an unexpected question on his favourite biscuit during his live webchat with the popular parents' website, Mumsnet.

Yesterday it was David Cameron's turn and like the Prime Minister – he did not come away unscathed. A faulty laptop was apparently to blame for the Tory leader's momentary absence from his eagerly anticipated appearance on the online forum. Technical problems also meant he was slow to answer the questions put to him by the website's users, which provoked angry responses from many taking part.

Mr Cameron has now pledged to return to Mumsnet after only managing to answer about 16 questions during his hour-long session, around half the amount Mr Brown managed earlier this year. "He has promised to come back and fill in some of the gaps," said Carrie Longton, from the site. "There were lots of technical issues actually, there was a point he was answering questions and we didn't realise they weren't actually appearing on the screen."

Forum regulars were quick to ask Mr Cameron to speed up his typing. "What are you doing there David – picking bits of oatcake out of your teeth?" wrote one distracted user, referring to Mr Cameron's favoured choice of biscuit. "Gordon Brown had answered 10 questions in the first 15 minutes (and that's with a visual impairment)." Another commented: "If the Conservatives get into power, will they be this slow at implementing policies?"

Others sprang to his defence. "Seriously, give the man a chance – he is a national politician who has taken time to come and talk to us and is having what sounds like a bl**dy frustrating experience with his laptop," said a supporter. "Surely, however much people think they don't like him, you can have a bit of patience?"

After answering questions on breastfeeding, banks and bonuses, tax credits expenses and nappies for disabled children, the more unorthodox questions arrived. Quizzed on which naff songs he was guilty of listening to, he blamed his children for the constant drone of the Abba hits, "Mamma Mia" and "Fernando", in the Cameron household. He also answered questions on his television viewing. "I love The Thick of It. V funny... but only true about the other lot (not)," he said, in an admission that the antics of the programme's notoriously foul-mouthed political spin doctor, Malcolm Tucker, were not as far fetched as they might seem.

In an attempt to show himself to be a man of the people, he suggested he would be sending his children through the state school system. "My children are already at state schools and I would like them to go through the state sector," he said.

However, it did not stop him being taunted about his days at Eton. Several criticised his answers as being light on policy. He was also confronted on his opposition to the creation of more grammar schools in Britain. Mr Cameron hit trouble in 2007 after refusing to back the creation of more in the future. "You are right that grammar schools are often excellent, and those that exist should stay. But the question we need to answer is this: what is the modern way to provide more good schools and help social mobility," he told a questioner. "We can do that by improving standards of discipline and teaching, and by busting open the state's monopoly so that anyone with a passion for education could set up a new school anywhere they wished."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
Richard Norris in GQ
mediaGQ features photo shoot with man who underwent full face transplant
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
News
Your picture is everything in the shallow world of online dating
i100
News
The Swiss Re tower or 'Gherkin' was at one time the UK’s most expensive office when German bank IVG and private equity firm Evans Randall bought it
news
Life and Style
Attractive women on the Internet: not a myth
techOkCupid boasts about Facebook-style experiments on users
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Project Coordinator

Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...

Project Manager (HR)- Bristol - Upto £400 p/day

£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...

Embedded Linux Engineer

£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...

Senior Hardware Design Engineer - Broadcast

£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on