The loss-making editorial department of the BBC, otherwise known as the Guardian, has spent some money sending Nicholas Watt to Kazakhstan to cover David Cameron’s trip there.
Clearly the visit the trip is essential for British interests, which is why Cameron had plenty of time to chillax and massage his ego by holding a question and answer session with some of Astana’s youth.
Addressing the most pressing issues of the day, Cameron was asked which character from the Harry Potter series of books and films he would like to be. His reply was very helpful for putting some genuine issues into context:
My daughter is nine years old, she’s just started to read all the Harry Potter books so I’m sort of rediscovering them all over again.
I can think of all sorts of characters you don’t want to be and I suppose in the end you know if you’ve got any sense you want to be Harry Potter. That must be the correct answer.
I suspect people in Britain might want to paint me in a different role but I’ll let them do that, I won’t make the work easier for them.
According to Watt of the Graun, this was a clever reference to ‘he who must not be named’, the evil protagonist character who Harry must overcome, known as Lord Valdemort.
It was kind of ‘Call me Dave’ to allow we serfs to paint him in a different role, as it is not as difficult as he may think. However, far from being the powerful and cunning Valdemort, Cameron more readily fits to a tee the role of another Potter character, Lucius Malfoy, father of Harry’s arch-rival at Hogwarts school, Draco Malfoy.
After all, Malfoy Snr has delusions of grandeur coming from his wealth and breeding. He has married into another well-connected family. He likes to strut about throwing his weight around and trying to intimidate others. He has the finer things in life and looks down on others as somehow inferior. But he is shown in the Potter series to be a weak quisling who meekly takes his orders from Valdemort without question, is unable to do anything without express permission or instruction, aspires to a seat at the top table but has no influence whatsoever in the decisions Valdermort makes, and ultimately runs away like a coward when the going gets tough and his boss looks set for defeat.
This neatly mirrors the relationship between the EU and the UK and the relationship between the Barroso/Van Rompuy/Schulz axis and Cameron himself. For David Cameron to imagine the reality is anything other than that is a greater fantasy than the Harry Potter series itself. For that perfect and illustrative analogy about this country and its leader’s position in the EU we offer Cast Iron Dave our thanks.