Not once but twice in a week two great white hopes of British politics called David are brought down to earth by not becing recognised – both reported on the BBC website. First David Cameron tells a self-depricating joke which has Kate Moss mistaking him for a plumber after he made small talk about the Oxfordshire floods with her and now David Miliband, despite holding one of the three great offices of state is reckoned on as a spark [ie electrician] at a school.

Is this (a) a case of two isolated incidents that should not be generalised from (b) unsurprising given that most politicians score shockingly lowly on recognition type polls or a (c) disturbing trend? As I would say if I were setting an essay on it all: “discuss”.

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