"Cam: Davis Tax Pledge Is Reckless"
That headline is taken from today's Sun. During the last leadership race The Sun tried 'Smithy' for a while but soon adopted IDS like nearly every other headline-writer.
DC (another option?) is known by his friends as Dave. Will we soon be reading 'Dave appoints Jeremy Clarkson as Transport Spokesman' or 'Top Tory Dave Slashes Links With Delors-Like EPP'? Perhaps not.
Apparently - according to today's New Statesman - his inner team know him as Frodo:
"There is an entertaining parlour game played by the Notting Hill set Tories who surround the leadership front-runner David Cameron. They imagine themselves as members of the Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien's group of brave underdogs out to save Middle Earth (for which read Middle England) from the forces of Mordor (it even sounds like Labour). It is an absorbing pastime once you get started: Cameron is Frodo, the fresh-faced, wide-eyed hobbit driven to oppose the evil Sauron, the dark lord of Mordor (Gordon Brown), successor to the fallen angel Morgoth (Tony Blair). Gandalf, the good wizard, according to one Cameron supporter who has played the game, is Oliver Letwin, the senior figure in the group, dispensing wise counsel."
Is Michael Gove behind this? I know he's a Tolkien enthuasiast. We should be told.