David Cameron accused of Iran nuclear weapons "gaffe"

David Cameron has been accused of a second "gaffe" after telling the public at a Brighton and Hove event that Iran had nuclear weapons.

Labour said the Prime Minister was becoming a "foreign policy klutz" after the latest error.

Mr Cameron was speaking at a PM Direct event at Hove Town Hall on Thursday where he was questioned by 150 Argus readers.

When answering a question on whether Turkey should become a member state of the European Union, Mr Cameron said it could help solve the world's problems, "like the Middle East peace process, like the fact that Iran has got a nuclear weapon".

Shadow Europe Minister Chris Bryant said: "This is less of a hiccup, more of a dangerous habit.

"Considering Iran's nuclear ambitions constitute one of the most important foreign policy challenges facing us all, it is not just downright embarrassing that the prime minister has made this basic mistake, it's dangerous."

It is the second time Mr Cameron has been accused of a foreign policy "gaffe" in as many weeks after he said Britain was America's "junior partner" in the war against Nazi Germany in 1940.

An aide to David Cameron told the BBC: "If you watch back the prime minister's words, it is clear he is talking about Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon."

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9:54pm Thu 5 Aug 10

cheezburger says...

That really is a petty point, not that i'm given to defending a Tory. If he was answering questions off the cuff then of course you can expect the odd slip up. Labour have got a cheek having a pop at anyone.
That really is a petty point, not that i'm given to defending a Tory. If he was answering questions off the cuff then of course you can expect the odd slip up. Labour have got a cheek having a pop at anyone. cheezburger

11:17pm Thu 5 Aug 10

jay316 says...

Agree... It was a good day, and good to See a PM taking the time to speak to people.

Did laugh at all the unions outside, they should look closer to home about wasting money...
Agree... It was a good day, and good to See a PM taking the time to speak to people. Did laugh at all the unions outside, they should look closer to home about wasting money... jay316

12:19am Fri 6 Aug 10

Steve Lane says...

Does Cameron honestly believe that Iran has nuclear weapons? Does he know something that the IAEA has not yet discovered despite continuous surveillance of Iran's atomic energy programme? Is he a scaremonger preparing us all for yet another misconceived Middle Eastern war?
This is not a mistake that I would expect an apparently intelligent man, that I believed Cameron to be, would make. Is there a not so hidden agenda in play?
It is worth repeating that there is in fact no evidence that Iran has Atomic weapons. There is strongly disputed evidence that they are even attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran has no history of attacking or invading any other country except in self defence as in the US backed Iraq attack on Iran in the 1980s.
On the other hand there is a history of British and American subversion of democratic Iran in the 1950s that lead to the horrors of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's reign as a cruel American puppet.
This meddling lead directly to the current Islamic regiem.
Now we have Cameron messing with situations of which he clearly has no clue.
Why do we continue to elect fools to lead us?
Does Cameron honestly believe that Iran has nuclear weapons? Does he know something that the IAEA has not yet discovered despite continuous surveillance of Iran's atomic energy programme? Is he a scaremonger preparing us all for yet another misconceived Middle Eastern war? This is not a mistake that I would expect an apparently intelligent man, that I believed Cameron to be, would make. Is there a not so hidden agenda in play? It is worth repeating that there is in fact no evidence that Iran has Atomic weapons. There is strongly disputed evidence that they are even attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has no history of attacking or invading any other country except in self defence as in the US backed Iraq attack on Iran in the 1980s. On the other hand there is a history of British and American subversion of democratic Iran in the 1950s that lead to the horrors of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's reign as a cruel American puppet. This meddling lead directly to the current Islamic regiem. Now we have Cameron messing with situations of which he clearly has no clue. Why do we continue to elect fools to lead us? Steve Lane

6:58am Fri 6 Aug 10

Ramboy says...

The thing is everyone makes mistakes but it's getting to be a habit with this chap.
The least we can expect from a Prime Minister is that they think before they speak. He gives the impression of being not much more than a glib, superficial PR man who's happy to wing it.
We country isn't short on slick style, we need some substance in our leader.
Sadly, this coalition is already beginning to look 2nd rate.
The thing is everyone makes mistakes but it's getting to be a habit with this chap. The least we can expect from a Prime Minister is that they think before they speak. He gives the impression of being not much more than a glib, superficial PR man who's happy to wing it. We country isn't short on slick style, we need some substance in our leader. Sadly, this coalition is already beginning to look 2nd rate. Ramboy

8:15am Fri 6 Aug 10

salty_pete says...

Some of Union protestors outside the Hove Town Hall yesterday were bussed in by the GMB mini bus. It parked outside there, on double yellow lines, in a prominent position for about 2 hrs. At no time did a traffic warden come near and book it. Does the GMB have exemption from traffic fines ?
Some of Union protestors outside the Hove Town Hall yesterday were bussed in by the GMB mini bus. It parked outside there, on double yellow lines, in a prominent position for about 2 hrs. At no time did a traffic warden come near and book it. Does the GMB have exemption from traffic fines ? salty_pete

8:47am Fri 6 Aug 10

Andy R says...

salty_pete wrote:
Some of Union protestors outside the Hove Town Hall yesterday were bussed in by the GMB mini bus. It parked outside there, on double yellow lines, in a prominent position for about 2 hrs. At no time did a traffic warden come near and book it. Does the GMB have exemption from traffic fines ?
"Anyway Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?"

Always good to see a comment that really gets to the heart of the issue under discussion.

And good to see that jay316 thinks people whose job it is help young people being thrown out of work is a "laugh". Sounds like Cameron had just the audience he wanted in the town hall.
[quote][p][bold]salty_pete[/bold] wrote: Some of Union protestors outside the Hove Town Hall yesterday were bussed in by the GMB mini bus. It parked outside there, on double yellow lines, in a prominent position for about 2 hrs. At no time did a traffic warden come near and book it. Does the GMB have exemption from traffic fines ?[/p][/quote]"Anyway Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?" Always good to see a comment that really gets to the heart of the issue under discussion. And good to see that jay316 thinks people whose job it is help young people being thrown out of work is a "laugh". Sounds like Cameron had just the audience he wanted in the town hall. Andy R

11:22am Fri 6 Aug 10

Thumper Hove says...

Andy R wrote:
salty_pete wrote: Some of Union protestors outside the Hove Town Hall yesterday were bussed in by the GMB mini bus. It parked outside there, on double yellow lines, in a prominent position for about 2 hrs. At no time did a traffic warden come near and book it. Does the GMB have exemption from traffic fines ?
"Anyway Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?" Always good to see a comment that really gets to the heart of the issue under discussion. And good to see that jay316 thinks people whose job it is help young people being thrown out of work is a "laugh". Sounds like Cameron had just the audience he wanted in the town hall.
Actually salty_pete has made a serious point - no resident of Brighton & Hove would be allowed to park on a double yellow line so why should union mini buses not get parking tickets? No wonder B&H was moaning 2 weeks ago about a fall in parking revenue!
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]salty_pete[/bold] wrote: Some of Union protestors outside the Hove Town Hall yesterday were bussed in by the GMB mini bus. It parked outside there, on double yellow lines, in a prominent position for about 2 hrs. At no time did a traffic warden come near and book it. Does the GMB have exemption from traffic fines ?[/p][/quote]"Anyway Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?" Always good to see a comment that really gets to the heart of the issue under discussion. And good to see that jay316 thinks people whose job it is help young people being thrown out of work is a "laugh". Sounds like Cameron had just the audience he wanted in the town hall.[/p][/quote]Actually salty_pete has made a serious point - no resident of Brighton & Hove would be allowed to park on a double yellow line so why should union mini buses not get parking tickets? No wonder B&H was moaning 2 weeks ago about a fall in parking revenue! Thumper Hove

11:28am Fri 6 Aug 10

Thumper Hove says...

Is this the same Chris Bryant, shadow minister for Europe who said in June that French was a useless modern language?? He is a hyprocrite to criticise anyone else for gaffs. He should stick to taking photos of himself in a mirror in his pants (do a search on Google - "chris bryant pants" - if you don't know what I mean!!)
Is this the same Chris Bryant, shadow minister for Europe who said in June that French was a useless modern language?? He is a hyprocrite to criticise anyone else for gaffs. He should stick to taking photos of himself in a mirror in his pants (do a search on Google - "chris bryant pants" - if you don't know what I mean!!) Thumper Hove

12:47pm Fri 6 Aug 10

Wiggsy says...

Good to see First Crapital Connect cancelling train(s )yesterday to facilitate the PM's travel into Hove
Good to see First Crapital Connect cancelling train(s )yesterday to facilitate the PM's travel into Hove Wiggsy

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