David Cameron was reportedly embarrassed after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "funny man" routine at the Tory party conference at Blackpool. The Mayor arrived in a jester's hat and cracked jokes about Winston Churchill and other British institutions. At one point, he even produced a wooden dummy called "Gordon" and started to speak in a Scottish voice while drinking a glass of water.
Afterwards, he admitted, shamefaced, that he had thought that the Tories were a comedy club and that the conference at Blackpool was a comic festival. "There was a mix-up with my booking and when I arrived I met a man who looked like a scarecrow and a man who looked like a Vulcan. I didn't know they were Boris Johnson and John Redwood. I thought they were there to do comedy routines, like me."
One of the members of the audience, Lord Ernest-Smythe Haw-Haw, said: "I was outraged. How dare Cameron invite some joker from the colonies to lampoon Churchill, our greatest ever male Prime Minister? Both men ought to be horsewhipped for their impudence."
The comedy routine didn't raise that many laughs, since most of his audience were expecting to hear about his policies. David Cameron said: "That was why I invited him, to give us some policies."
Bloomberg, who is one of the richest men in the world, has been a member of both the Democratic and the Republican Parties. He is presently an Independent, though after appearing at Blackpool, he is said to have made enquiries about joining both the Labour Party and the Tories.
One critic said:
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And Mayor Bloomberg changes his political colours. Though after this performance, the only British political party that would take him would be Screaming Lord Sutch and His Monster Raving Looney Party."