Stephen Harper’s dulcet tones, explained


Conservative guru Patrick Muttart sends British Tory leader David Cameron unsolicited, and perhaps ultimately dismissed, advice.

In the documents, Mr Muttart says Mr Cameron should ‘practise staring down Brown while the camera is focused on the moderators, other leaders. Makes your opponent feel uncomfortable’. But he adds that when Mr Cameron is ‘attacking/rebutting’ he should ‘look at his opponent’s shoulder and not his face. Facial reactions can be distracting/destabilising’.

Personal attacks, meanwhile, should be ‘well-timed and well-constructed’ but used infrequently ‘for the biggest impact’. Most of Mr Muttart’s advice is listed under a section entitled ‘key presentation points’. It states: ‘Ensure Cameron has room-temperature water. Cold water (with ice) tightens the throat. You should control his water – not the TV studio.’


Stephen Harper’s dulcet tones, explained

  1. Last night a senior Conservative spokesman said: ‘We have not sought the help of the Canadians in any shape or form. Patrick Muttart sent an unsolicited email to David Cameron's office. 'His offer was declined and he is not in any way involved in Mr Cameron's TV debate preparation.'

    Fun fact: Giving unsolicited advice is exactly how Patrick Muttart got his original gig with Harper. Looks like it didn't work this time round.

    Another fun fact: Before he landed his gig with Harper, Muttart was working with his buddy Warren Kinsella at the same consultancy. Warren said at the time: "hiring Patrick Muttart was the smartest thing Stephen Harper could do".

    • "Warren said at the time: "hiring Patrick Muttart was the smartest thing Stephen Harper could do".

      Nice attempt at channel-changing, Critty.

  2. "Longtime Harper political strategist Patrick Muttart ended up as fodder for a Fleet Street tabloid Sunday in connection with preparations for an expected spring election in Britain ….. Mr. Muttart, who now works at a U.S. public affairs and political strategy firm, said the Daily Mail story was completely overblown. He said his suggestons were part of an email conversation with a British Conservative – and nothing more."


  3. So is there nobody in the US impressed with the prowess of the great Patrick Muttart?

  4. Recalling Elizabeth May's charge that Harper cheated in the last Canadian debate by bringing in notes that were not allowed in the rules, did Patrick Muttart offer that piece of advice, or would it be frowned upon in the UK?

  5. Unghhh…what's really repulsive is that you just know our political leaders are spending most of their time on nonsense like this instead of thinking about issues that matter to the country,

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