I was quite upset by this story. David Cameron attempted to take a publicity photo outside the Salford Lads' Club yesterday. He was recreating the iconic picture of The Smiths taken in 1985, but local protesters got in the way and stopped him from taking the snap. The placards included the charming slogan "Salford lads not Eton snobs".
Far be it from me to cry any tears for Dave, but I can't help thinking that he was hard done by. How can you criticise your political opponents' views if you don't give them a chance to publicise what those views are? Democracy is supposed to be a high-quality national debate. This sort of behaviour turns it into a competition to see who can drown out their enemies the most effectively.
Still not feeling sorry for David Cameron? Take a look at this footage of Labour activists disrupting the Lib Dem campaign launch at the Sedgefield by-election. If it wasn't fair to do it to us, it isn't fair to do it to the Tories.
Most of all, imagine if it was a working-class politician being ridiculed for their background, rather than an old Etonian. Class prejudice and social slurs are wrong, and it doesn't matter which direction they go in. Dave didn't choose to have wealthy parents, any more than you might choose to be black, or gay, or disabled. It doesn't make the slightest difference which school somebody else chose to send him to when he was a kid. I'm much more interested in what the adult Mr Cameron thinks about modern-day Britain.
Let's hear the Lib Dem frontbenches condemn this undemocratic thuggery, and get back to some proper politics.