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David Cameron to Yvette Cooper "Calm down, dear"

(62 Posts)
Bennifer Wed 27-Apr-11 12:21:47

Just heard this on PMQ, not exactly sure what happened, so I may have my facts wrong. I'm going to follow this one

bristolcities Thu 28-Apr-11 20:53:06

What the link Ingrid?

bristolcities Thu 28-Apr-11 20:48:36

I'm really supries by the AIBU thread, I and most people I know think it's disgracefull. If any one called me dear or urggg...luv I would be most pissed off.

Beachcomber Thu 28-Apr-11 11:31:43

I posted this on the AIBU thread - some comments from Ms Eagle.

Am LOVING Harriet Harman's facial expression at 1min11secs in.

It just say it all really. "Hamshine you truly are a knobend and showing yourself up no end."


Beachcomber Thu 28-Apr-11 11:26:24

I suspect that this will come back to bite him on the arse if he doesn't apologise to her.

All he has to do is say it was a thoughtless heat of the moment comment and that he understands the sexist undertones and blah blah blah. Not too difficult surely? Although of course in order to do so he would have to admit that he made an error and gracefully thank her for pointing that out - that would probably stick in his throat a bit.

IngridBergman Thu 28-Apr-11 10:24:46

I mean is there really anyone who didn't KNOW he was a twit before the election? Was he so believable? I don't even think he tried that hard to pretend otherwise but God, people certainly fell for it.

I will never understand why people vote in these bastards and then are surprised when they show who they really are. Not that I'm assuming many people on this thread did vote for him...

PenguinArmy Thu 28-Apr-11 04:39:28

It is disgusting, but it helps to bring out to the open that this government is so anti female.

sprogger Wed 27-Apr-11 23:40:08

Idiot. If he had half a brain, he'd apologise and get on with his life instead of pretending it didn't pop into his head purely because he was saying it to a woman.

themonalisa Wed 27-Apr-11 23:18:35

He really is a pompous and arrogant man.

casbie Wed 27-Apr-11 20:21:42

he is showing his true colours when he said that Britain should stop being a multi-cultural society (is this the way Tory way of saying 'go home you foreigners?'). then, he comes out with this patronising comment. he doesn't like women, the poor or people of different colour very much does he? totally agree with the swearing on here.

erm... here, here!!

IngridBergman Wed 27-Apr-11 17:01:44

The guardian link below references this thread in case anyone is interested.

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 16:37:49

Didn't even bother looking at it.

QuelleLeJeff Wed 27-Apr-11 16:37:18

Can I come over here please? I'm finding the AIBU one infuriating!

DontdoitKatie Wed 27-Apr-11 16:33:17

Response from women MPs

"Eagle said she had been "patronised by better people than the prime minister", adding that Cameron should instead be apologising for the economy, which had "effectively flatlined for six months".

She told BBC News: "I don't think any modern man would have expressed himself in that way.

"The prime minister is responsible for what he says in the Commons. I think if there is an apology to make it should be for the dreadful growth figures we have seen today, which demonstrated that the economy has effectively flatlined for six months."

She said it was up to Cameron "as to whether he wants to annoy 51% of the population".

Labour's Caroline Flint accused Cameron of using the word "dear" to "put women down", and said she had been on the receiving end of the same tactic from the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, in the chamber last December, when he told her to "just get behind the programme then, dear".

Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, said: "David Cameron's contemptuous response to Angela Eagle MP at prime minister's questions today shows his patronising and outdated attitude to women.

"Women in Britain in the 21st century do not expect to be told to 'calm down, dear' by their prime minister.""

CappaFrappaChino Wed 27-Apr-11 16:14:15

Its worth a watch on youtube. Looks like he directed it to the 2 females at the front of the bench - one of them being Ed Ball's wife. Ed Balls was asking him who he was referring to 'calm down dear' - wrong move Mr Cameron.

The PM said he wouldn't apologise.

Completely and utterly disappointed by the PM's attitudes and behaviours. How dare he pick on and try to publicly humiliate female MP's.

He better apologise. TWIT.

CappaFrappaChino Wed 27-Apr-11 16:10:43

worth a watch on youtube. Looks like he directed it to the 2 females at the front of the bench - one of them being Ed Ball's wife. Ed Balls was asking him who he was referring to 'calm down dear' presumably he would have squared up on him if it had been directed as his missus.

The PM said he wouldn't apologise. Shame on him.

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 16:05:33

oooooh it was in AIBU... that explins the response. It's a scary world out there isn't it.

forkful Wed 27-Apr-11 16:04:38

Link to AIBU thread on this topic.

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 16:03:15

What other thread do you refer to?

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 16:02:58

naughty wink

StayFr0sty Wed 27-Apr-11 16:01:20

What depresses me is how unsurprised i am. Shine of ham is a sexist twat you say? No shit sherlock.

Some lovely comments on the other thread, about feminists and our cardigans made out of our own hair and whatever. Funny how it's ok to talk about this board like that, but it's us who are the big meanies. Say i posted here referring to thicko stepfords with their hideous nail extensions and their twigs n pebbly shit, i'd get a right shit storm. And rightly so, because that would be mean and nasty and that is why i would never do such a thing wink

celadon Wed 27-Apr-11 15:51:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

forkful Wed 27-Apr-11 15:47:38

"screaming across the chamber is not a good look" - have you ever seen PMQs hmm

who cares about "a good look" in THC - heckling/correcting/challenging is all part of the debate and out political process.

<Have just unleashed a mamoth rant post on the other thread BTW> wink

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 15:44:30

and fuck off Lucy Jones


Todays events were bad enough without you lowering the tone. Who gives a crap who's boobs they were...??????!!!! shame on you.

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 15:37:18

He has never, and I suspect WILL never, use 'dear' to address a man in parliment. Therefore it is sexist.

pickyourbrain Wed 27-Apr-11 15:36:13


Disgraceful. Would never have said it to a man. Yuk David, yuk.

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