Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are busy hitting the election trail in a desperate search for votes. Meanwhile, free from the burdens of office, David Cameron, the former holder of the office they both covet, is "chillaxing" and writing his memoirs in a new bespoke £25,000 garden shed bought from Red Sky Shepherd's Huts. It's not just any old garden shed: it has "a timber-frame construction with tongue-and-groove interior pine walls", according to Red Sky's blog, and is "fully wired with LED lights, dimmers and outside lights". It also has "a corner-set wood-burning stove from Salamander, a pull-out double sofa bed and paints from Farrow & Ball".
"Who could begrudge a man a shed?" asks Suzanne Moore in The Guardian. After all, the former prime minister clearly needs it "because he doesn't have enough space in either of his houses". Cameron's extravagant tastes should not be that surprising when you take into account that, "out of the 29 people in his Cabinet, 18 were millionaires", with a combined wealth that "was estimated to be more than £70m". Meanwhile, "while he cogitates in a fake folksy hut in the Cotswolds", the rest of us "are living with the consequences" of the policy decisions that he took during his time in office, complains Moore.
Cameron is not alone in wanting an expensive garden hide-away. "These rustic cabins on wheels have become the favoured garden rooms of the Farrow & Ball classes," says Katrina Burroughs in The Sunday Times. The Camerons "discovered the joys of these structures" after a visit to Cameron's wife's mother in Scotland, but before he was allowed to pick up the phone to place an order, David had to get the "green light" from his wife, "who wears the trousers on all aesthetic issues".
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If anything, Cameron has been relatively restrained. Richard Lee, a rival hut-maker, sells his most basic model for £10,000, but he has built huts "fitted with saunas and kitted out as home offices, holiday lets and spare bedrooms" for clients with more money, he tells The Daily Telegraph. Even Lee has to draw the line somewhere, though: "customers will ask for one 25-foot long, and I say no". Other experts argue that a mobile shed can actually make money in the long run, as "all you've got to do is hook it up to an electric supply, and you've got an instant extension".
In any case, Cameron's dreams of being able to use the hut as his own hideaway seem to be fading. There's already been "a bit of a fight" over ownership, according to Red Sky's blog. David wanted it for writing his memoirs, but some of his children wanted it as a Wendy house and his son as another bedroom. Indeed, "when it first arrived, there was great excitement who was going to spend the first night in it"? That competition was apparently won by Cameron's son. "I wasn't going to take him on!" he said.
No doubt he's nervous of any new fights following his Brexit bruising. What are these new memoirs of his going to be called, wondered The Guardian. The Greatest Blunder Of Any Postwar Prime Minister? "Now you're just being silly."
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