David Cameron’s Xmas stunt – asking Bob Geldof to join a policy group of global poverty – implies he may have been reading a bit too much of his honeymoon press and believes he can do no wrong.
Geldof’s done right to agree as to refuse would make him look belligerent. Many Conservatives will be quietly spinning, but having given him a two thirds majority, they couldn’t reign Cameron in if they wanted to. But they will want to and the real battles will surface in eighteen months, when the first Tory policy documents will be announced to a by now impatient world. Cameron’s novelty will have worn off and having a frustrated, articulate and popular figure like Geldof walk out on them then (as he surely will) will be disastrous.