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LOL Laugh Out Loud

Updated on July 25, 2012
David Cameron ( he has just been told GAVI stands for Go and vacuum indoors)
David Cameron ( he has just been told GAVI stands for Go and vacuum indoors)

Recently on the Leveson Inquiry looking into hacking in the British media the British public were shocked. Was it from the amount of phone hacking that had been going on? Or the British governments cosy relationship with establishments like SKY TV and News of the world. No, it was something a good deal more scandalous. It emerged that news of the world editor Rebekah Brooks had received many texts from British Prime Minister David Cameron and he usually signed off with LOL. Not for him did it mean ‘laugh out loud’ but instead, ‘lots of love’. Maybe he could have checked what something meant before sending it, but as with most politicians he’s maybe assumed he already knew. For Brooks and anyone else getting messages from him perhaps early on they have thought of saying “actually Dave, you know that people use LOL to mean laugh out loud now..” But if they did they must have thought better of it and actually did laugh out loud themselves on receiving yet another message, until he had to be put out of his misery and told eventually.

It’s not just the fact of being out of touch and maybe looking a bit stupid. It’s when Cameron realised what he had been doing and surely must have put his hand to his head and let out a Homer Simpson type “Doh!”

In the way that some people have to try and re-trace their steps to see if they made a fool of themselves on a drunken night out he has to do the same with his messages.

Might he have sent a message of support when one of his ministers had to resign. ‘Thinking of you-Lol’

Or explaining to an MP about mass job losses. ‘ We are doing the best for your area and my thoughts are with all the thousands who were made redundant. LOL.’

The list could go on and on. What things might he have said in genuine concern that were seen as sadistic cruelty.

What about others who have made this mistake in everyday situations.

‘Their house was’ or ‘I can’t believe he’s gone. The funeral is on’

But at least we can all be satisfied that David Cameron got a lot of ‘L’ recently from the British public. It’s just up to you to decide if it was love or laughter.


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    • Ruby H Rose profile image

      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Makes the world a little brighter somehow, thanks for a great hub! I love your line, about assuming he already knew, being a politician and all. Funny.

    • James Vernon profile imageAUTHOR

      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting sarahmoose. Yes Cameron seems to mess up quite a bit. It could be worse though.... At least he's not Clegg!

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      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Haha CCahill. Poor Dave right enough. I don't think he should abbreviate anything else in the future. Even things like MP or PM. Just incase.

      Bush was a different case entirely. Didn't seem to go through a day without putting his foot in it. Forgetting the baby though was almost Bushesque right enough.

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      6 years ago from England

      I loved it best when him and his wife both forgot their new born baby and left em behind somewhere.

      But hes got a long way to go before hes as calamatic as George Bush ;)

    • sarahmoose profile image

      Sarah Chewings 

      6 years ago from Nottingham, England

      Just another mistake to add the Cameron's list... oh well, no surprise there then!!!

    • CCahill profile image


      6 years ago from England

      Poor Dave, seems to be a generational thing


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