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Just how upper crust are the Camerons?

Michael Crick | 12:00 UK time, Thursday, 8 April 2010


David Cameron was risking things a bit when he visited a Warburton's bread factory in Bolton yesterday and admitted that he has a his own-bread making machine at home.

"Here I am at a bakery," he told the workers. "The thing is the other day I went out and bought my own breadmaker."

Reports say this was followed by an "audible hiss", before Mr Cameron admitted he hadn't actually managed to make the machine work properly.

I'm slightly mystified by this story.

Mr Cameron said he bought his machine "the other day", but I seem to remember him proudly showing off his new bread-maker to me when I visited him at his constituency home when he was running for leader back in 2005, almost five years ago.

Indeed, I was so impressed I thought of getting one myself.

Perhaps my memory is playing awful tricks on me. Or perhaps it was Samantha's bread-machine he showed me... and Mr Cameron was so impressed he went out and bought his own.

One bread machine, or two? I suppose critics will say it just shows how the Camerons are upper crust.


  • Comment number 1.

    Maybe he got a new one and you'll be able to pick up his old one on freecycle.
    Maybe he's got his own bread-making slave now - that'd be really posh.

  • Comment number 2.

    Newsnight's political editor? This is the most irrelevant article I've read on BBC for a while. As a civil servant, I'm surprised how pro-Brown the headlines have been over the past few months. Bit of impartial reporting would go amiss from Nick Robinson in particular- give the LibDems and Torys a fair go.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hmmm, we should hire someone to get to the bottom of the bread making machine scandal. Follow DC around maybe and shout at every opportunity when the cameras are on.

    '' Mr Cameron, Mr Cameron, How long exactly have you owned abread making machine Mr Cameron.. the public have a right to know''

    Today dodgy timelines on bread making machines, tomorrow dogy dossiers onweapons of mass destruction and wars in the middle east.

    Where will it all end?

  • Comment number 4.

    How funny. Crick's following Brown, Grossman follows Cameron. But Crick can't resist a pop at Cameron.

    Let's not forget ... " He joined the Labour party at 15 and wrote a book about Militant, the Trotskyist faction of the Labour party, soon after graduating with a first in PPE from New College, Oxford.

    Until the age of 30, he had every intention of becoming a Labour MP, but when the opportunity to become the candidate for a safe-ish seat presented itself, he agonised briefly, then decided not to take it."

  • Comment number 5.

    Well that's it, the election is over and Brown has won it - Cameron has lost the bakers vote.

  • Comment number 6.

    Michael, in the spirit of fair and balanced reporting, I wonder if you could establish whether Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg also own bread-making machines. My wife believes that Gordon Brown eats Hovis (not Warburtons), and that, like us, Nick Clegg is already onto his third bread-making machine.

  • Comment number 7.

    Such a wit! Such self-deprecation! Can't work a bread machine, silly little me.

    God knows how he'll manage to run the country.

  • Comment number 8.


    Great post Jericoa. I am especially taken with your: "Today dodgy timelines on bread making machines, tomorrow dodgy dossiers on weapons of mass destruction and wars in the Middle East."

    And in between, the expensively choreographed claptrap of "never mind the veracity, feel the buzz" presentation, designed to dupe the votes into granting a win; only to wake up 'ruined'.

    This is why we should scrutinise the individual and their character, as disclosed in word and deed over years of 'performing'. Take a look at Blair's history, and Brown's and Dave's. Policies come from people, and uncompromising zeal, in support of BAD policies, comes from damaged people.

    Westminster politics attract the wrong stuff - we get stuffed. Assume your party-favoured candidate is weird, you won't be far wrong. Weird candidates, go to weird Westminster to make weird decisions, and become weird Prime Ministers.

  • Comment number 9.


    Thanks Barrie, I am at home looking after my 10 and 8 year olds for the easter holidays so I am possibly more in tune with the way politicians behave at the moment and can pick up on it more :)

    I laugh but it is not funny really, their posturing and pettiness costs lives and causes real misery in the real world.

    Deception is habit forming, even a perceived harmless 'white lie' about when he bought a bread making machine tells us something about his thought proceses,such habits will be taken into government with him.

    Could this be 'Breadgate' ? !

  • Comment number 10.

    This is developing the worst of conspiracy theories. Why not go the whole hog, maybe the breadmaker he bought was Carol Breadmaker.

  • Comment number 11.


    "Man cannot live by Credit Default Swaps alone."

    (Parable of the Four Loaves and Two Controlled Fish.)

  • Comment number 12.

    Michael, this is puzzles story. If Sir Cameron is not make bread self, but is need machines and automations, then is not fit lead country. Why, glorious Russian leader Vlad Putin is make soda bread during Cabinet meetings. He is once have bilateral with Chinese leader while make meat and potato pies. He hold talks with shorty Sarkozy while also have judo bout with him and vanquish in chess. (Najdorf Sicilian: Putin is force resignation with black pieces after 10 moves, while also have Nico in debilitating head lock.) Since when is displays of incompetence appealing? Why, Cameron is educated at expensive Eaten College, and yet is say “aw shucks is so much I cannot able do”. Putin is not do this. He is proclaim his universal competence – look I administer, I do judo, I hunt, I make love like Don Juan – and that is why we vote him. Is short step from not able make bread to say not understand need for state to prop up banking system after credits crunchie. Beware self-deprecating politicians – they might just be useless.

  • Comment number 13.

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  • Comment number 14.

    I suppose critics will say

    Must add that to 'XX accuses...' and 'Row erupts over.' for PR as news manufactured to order by the nearly all-pervasive MOB (A mainstream media now corrupted into Mainstream Opiniated Broadcast-only).


  • Comment number 15.

    There was once a time when your word counted, whether on bread makers or expenses but today image is everything, and the truth sometimes requires airbrushing.

    This post indicates both sides of this story. The politician trying to say the "right thing" to everyone and the media picking them to pieces. The public watches on trusting neither, the story has not been verified, and Cameron has not been granted a right to reply.

    Meanwhile there are lots of unemployed bread earners in Britain, who would like to make some dough. Lots of parents concerned for their children's future. Lots of bread and butter issues...

    No wonder everyone I meet is cynical and depressed about this election.

  • Comment number 16.

    I watched itv news yesterday. Or it could have been the day before? Nice to see a bit of impartial reporting. More than can be said for the Beeb.


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