So there we were, 28 floors up Millbank Tower with an audience of (mainly) twentysomethings, clutching a bottle of Tiger beer in one hand and an iPhone in the other. And the Prime Minister made news! If not quite as we know it.
Now that it’s reportedly an $850m company, BuzzFeed has gone way beyond the “listicles” that once made it famous. But here are the top four things we learned from David Cameron’s interview with its deputy editor, Jim Waterson, at one of the social media site’s “brews”. His favourite character in Game of Thrones, of which he is a “big fan”, is Ned Stark. He really likes Sean Bean, and was also a “big fan” of Sharpe.
He doesn’t do WhatsApp or Snapchat.
His favourite Aston Villa player is Christian Benteke.
He has an iPhone but uses a BlackBerry for work. (“You must be the only person who does,” Waterson crisply replied. )
Cameron elegantly declined to say what job he would be doing were he not a politician, saying that if on election day “they go for the other guy, I’ll have to think about something else”. But he would want to stay in the Commons, he added, and explained that politics was his “vocation”.
“Amazing” retorted Waterson. This sounds like an exaggeration to anyone over 40 but in fact it’s just yoofese for “thanks, we’ve come to the end.”
In fact Waterson was an impressive interviewer, asking all the right questions on the cost of living crisis and the price of renting, let alone buying, for young people.
Grant Shapps had “made a mistake” by saying his pseudonymous business had stopped before he became an MP, said Cameron; he called Ed Miliband “despicable” – over the SNP – which Cameron didn’t recant. Would he like to see “regime change” in Russia?
“You have to deal with what you’ve got.”
And the PM got through it all without too many of the usual tired slogans. Indeed when Waterson said how long we’d all have to listen to them for weeks to come the PM said: “Well I don’t think I’ve said long-term economic plan tonight… There, I have said it now.”
So this was a brief but welcome respite.
After all this may be the coolest thing Cameron does before 7 May.Reuse content