I’m not sure if you can win “Never Have I Ever” but if David Cameron was to play the drinking game he probably would do. While Jeremy Corbyn was sticking it to apartheid in his younger days, David Cameron was allegedly sticking it to a pig. That would be quite a striking thing to tell people during a student binge, but it is even more startling for it to be claimed while the protagonist of the story holds the role of Prime Minister.
There has been little word from the Cameron camp regarding the allegations from Lord Ashcroft - his one-time friend - in a new unauthorised biography.
But the extent to which politicians’ student antics should matter is best viewed through the lens of today and how they have developed as a person. Life is a journey and for critics to pull out individual events of the past to suit an argument is misleading. Cameron’s alleged fraternisation with a dead pig as part of a ritual to enter a club where “ostentatious decadence” was encouraged is likely to be used by his enemies to sour his current popularity.
If Cameron still participated in these supposed misdemeanours of his student youth, or enjoyed the initiation so much it became necessary for all cabinet members to follow suit, then we would rightfully question his fitness for the top job; but it’s safe to say this is not the case, and as long as Cameron did not do anything illegal, then for most of the population the antics of his student days will not matter much.
Cameron has grown into a respected statesman, one who has dragged the Conservative Party into the centre-ground. Such a career record helps to nullify any excesses of his youth.
In contrast, Jeremy Corbyn’s past plays a more prominent role in how we judge him as he has grown into a leader who indulges anti-Western hysteria. As a student he engaged in some praiseworthy causes, but the death of revolutionary activity has left him snuggling up to anyone or anything that opposes Britain and her values. Islamist fascism, blaming Nato for the conflict in Ukraine and support for the IRA are just a few of the topics on which the Labour leader holds dubious views.
David Cameron's biggest controversies
David Cameron's biggest controversies
A book released by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft alleged that an MP and Oxford contemporary of David Cameron had allegedly seen a photograph of Mr Cameron performing a sex act on a pig while at university. Downing Street did not comment on the allegations and the peer said they could have been a case of mistaken identity
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2/8 ‘Swarm’ of migrants
In July 2015 David Cameron referred to refugees coming into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa as a “swarm”. He was criticised for using the language, which critics said was dehumanising
3/8 Child tax credits
In April 2015 David Cameron was asked whether he’d cut child tax credits. “No, I don’t want to do that,” he said, saying that he rejected reports that he would. Shortly after the election the Government unveiled cuts to child tax credits
4/8 Cycling to work
As leader of the opposition David Cameron was regularly photographed cycling to work. In early 2006 he was photographed cycling but with a driver in a car carrying his belongings. It was suggested at the time the cycling was just for show and that having two vehicles on the road instead of one was wasteful
5/8 Andy Coulson
David Cameron employed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as government communications director from 2010. After stepping down from the post due to coverage of the phone hacking affairs, Mr Coulson was later found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. He served a short prison sentence
6/8 His personal windmill
Early in his leadership of the Conservative David Cameron made an effort to change the party’s image by making eco-friendly gesures. As one of these gestures, the future PM put a wind turbine on his house. However, the turbine later had to be removed after neighbours condemned it as an eyesore and the council’s planning committee said it had been put in the wrong place
7/8 Funeral selfie
David Cameron was pictured posing for a ‘selfie’ with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Some in the press criticised the prime minister for showing in an inappropriately low level of respect for the gravity of the occasion
8/8 Eating a hotdog with a knife and fork
The Prime Minister was pictured eating a hotdog with a knife and fork in the run up to the 2015 general election. He was accused of being “posh”. “I had a very privileged upbringing... I've never tried to hide that,” he said
It is not the student antics of politicians that matter, but how they have matured. I am sure I speak for many when I say I would much rather have a Prime Minister who once long ago drunkenly stuck his genitals into a pig than a Labour Leader who willingly kisses the arse of terrorists.Reuse content