Withdrawing his comment as instructed, Cameron said:
“I will replace it with ‘the man who left us this enormous deficit and this financial crisis’.”
And, of course, cue much Tory guffawing and catcalling of the type that only a £25k a year private education can teach.
This (mostly) Tory tactic has been in place since before they were elected, and has continued, unbroken and to the point of nausea, to the present. Listen to any interview, any ‘debate’ on Newsnight or Question Time (though the Tories like to avoid debate if they can!), and you’ll hear some variation of:
‘the mess we inherited’
‘we’re having to clean up Labour’s mess’
and so on. Clearly, in order to try to get off the hook of the never-ending run of screw-ups, the Tory PR gurus have drummed this into their politicians until they eat, sleep and breathe ‘inherited mess, inherited mess, inherited mess…’