David Cameron caught calling Philip Hammond ‘stupid’. Or was it Theresa May?
Watch: The former prime minister was filmed talking to two Tory MPs.
David Cameron has told Tory pals what he thinks about the government breaking the 2015 Conservative manifesto promise not to raise taxes.
The former prime minister appeared to call chancellor Philip Hammond "stupid" for his decision to hike National Insurance contributions. Or he could have been directing his anger at Theresa May.
Cameron was caught on camera while talking to defence secretary Michael Fallon and armed forces minister Mike Penning at a memorial service for those killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The recording has sparked some speculation as to what Cameron was actually saying. But the most likely options are:
- "Breaking a manifesto promise, how stupid is he?"
- "Breaking a manifesto promise, how stupid is she?"
Alternatively, Cameron might have been saying something along the lines of: "Breaking a manifesto promise, that’s stupidity."
Hammond sparked a Tory rebellion after announcing the rise in Class 4 NICs for self-employed workers in the Budget on Wednesday. That was despite a 2015 Conservative manifesto promise not to raise taxes - including NICs - for at least five years.
However, the prime minister has announced that the changes will not be implemented until the autumn and hinted that there could be concessions to prevent a full-scale Tory rebellion.
It is not the first time Cameron has gaffed while unaware that he was being filmed.
In 2014, he was caught telling New York mayor Michael Bloomberg that the Queen had "purred" with delight when he phoned to tell her Scotland had voted to stay in the UK.