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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

PM in The House

 

David Cameron's interview with me and Sam Macrory for The House Magazine has an all-too presicent quote on his dual role of crisis management and long-term policy:

“It’s a permanent battle in this job to focus…You have to deal with short term issues. At any one time you’ve got everything from what happens at the Downing Street gates to what’s happening on the other side of the world to what appeared on the news headlines. There’s always things that comes up and the challenge of this job is to deal with the day to day but at the same time spend enough time on the long term strategic issues that the country faces."

After the Algeria terror attacks knocked his Europe speech back, those words certainly resonate today.

But there's much else in his House interview to mull over. I particularly liked his response when asked if he watches BBC4 hit Borgen: “God, no! It’s just whether Morgen Shmorgen is Health Minister or is Education..it’s too much like work!”

In the interview - read it HERE and the transcript HERE - the PM has also

* suggested Nigel Farage won't be able to take part in the election TV debates

*revealed he will announce a new tranche of peers early this year, urged Lib Dem peers to back the Government

* rejected Boris Johnson's suggestion that child benefit payments were worth no more than ‘ten half decent skiing holidays'

 * said he will promote more women to Cabinet now that he has more women in ministerial jobs

* lists his brightest stars – “round pegs in round holes” - in the junior ministerial ranks: Nick Boles, Liz Truss, Sajid Javid, Helen Grant, Jeremy Wright, Matt Hancock

 * name-checks Sam Gymiah, Priti Patel and Sajid Javid as examples of the Tory drive to attract black and minority ethnic politicians, but says there is "no let up" in encouraging black and ethnic minority candidates

 * said he intends to send daughter Nancy to a state secondary school in London because the capital’s schools have improved

 * backed Oliver Letwin’s idea of a Royal Charter in response to Leveson,

 * scotched rumours that Sam Cam wants him to quit No.10 after the next election

 * said the Chilcot report ‘mustn’t slip too far’ and that the Govt will ‘take some time to digest’ it.

 * revealed his latest DIY efforts – reconstructing a shed

Oh, he also confessed he'd taken Elwen to see Chelsea thump Villa 8-0 at Christmas. He was seated with a friend among the Chelsea fans, with Elwen on his shoulders trying to see the best action. It was a day of mixed feelings for the PM, given he's a Villa fan. Elwen was pretty excited, however and his dad told him he would be unlikely to ever see a scoreline like that again. The PM also revealed he had several thousand football fans chanting "Cameron, Cameron, give us a song..."

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