Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
8 January 2010

Steve Hilton and that arrest

Someone wasn't listening to Cameron's speech . . .

By George Eaton

The revelation that Steve Hilton, the man known as “David Cameron’s brain”, was arrested in 2008 following an expletive-fuelled row with train staff reminds us what a bad week this could have been for the Tories.

Judging by his arrest at Birmingham New Street Station, he wasn’t paying close attention to Cameron’s conference speech just hours earlier.

Here’s Cameron:

It’s not just the crime or even the antisocial behaviour. It’s the angry, harsh culture of incivility that seems to be all around us.

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy

And here’s Hilton’s curt rebuke to a ticket officer:

Wanker.

But he isn’t the only Tory aide whose actions are at odds with Cameron’s words.

Here is the Tory leader on workplace bullying:

Stamping out bullying in the workplace and elsewhere is a vital objective. Not only can bullying make people’s lives a misery, but it harms business and wider society, too.

But that commitment to punishing the bullies didn’t extend to his top aide Andy Coulson, who was found guilty of . . . workplace bullying. Coulson’s old employer, the News of the World, was ordered to make a record £800,000 payout to the former football reporter Matt Driscoll after Coulson’s bullying behaviour was found to have triggered Driscoll’s depression.

Despite the unprecedented size of the payout, News International’s non-aggression pact with the Telegraph and the Mail meant the story was barely reported.

Before lecturing the rest of us on “the broken society” Cameron might like to start with his own aides.

 

Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter