David Cameron’s green credentials suffered another blow today when it was revealed that the distressed oily seabird that he washed for press photographers this week had been deliberately contaminated with oil by Conservative Party media managers.
The bird, a rare Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) was captured last weekend in the coastal constituency of Mr Cameron’s Parliamentary Private Secretary Spencer Prior MP, who then doused in old engine oil that he had drained from his Rover 75 Connoisseur. The press were summoned to an impromptu seabird rescue point on the beach where an emotional David Cameron was photographed attempting to wash the stricken bird with environmentally friendly detergent.
Conservative Central Office has today been attempting to defend the controversial photo. ‘Let’s not try and score cheap party political points about how individual seabirds got covered in oil. The point is that David Cameron is clearly trying to wash the oil off this gannet because he cares about green issues’ said a spokesman for the leader of the opposition’s office, adding ‘Although this environmentally friendly detergent doesn’t actually get the oil off. You’re better off using a really strong bleach.’