Mum’s the word…
If David Cameron’s keeping schtum today then chances are it will have something to do with news his own mother has signed a petition against Conservative cuts in her Oxfordshire borough.
Putting her name to a petition designed to save "essential services", The Prime Minister’s 81-year-old mother Mary wants to stop authorities from closing a dozen Children’s Centres to save £8m.
Not only is this one of the most British things to happen in British politics - what with the Prime Minister effectively being told off by his mum - by adding her name to the movement, Mary Cameron's move will shine more light on how rife cutbacks have been under her son's leadership, with local authorities in England losing around 40 per cent of funding since he took office in 2010.
Jill Huish, responsible for running the Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres campaign, said: "It shows how deep austerity is cutting our most vulnerable when even David Cameron’s mum has had enough."
Meanwhile, even Mrs Cameron herself has had her say. Talking to The Mirror, Mrs Cameron said: "My name is on the petition but I don’t want to discuss this any further."
A retired magistrate, it’s not the first time Mrs Cameron has publically interfered in her son’s policies, once being critical of his support for gay marriage despite opposition from Tory grassroots by saying: "I know, but David just won’t be told."
A penny for David Cameron’s thoughts. Most likely: ‘Vladimir Putin doesn’t have these problems’.