Cameron criticised for Small Business Saturday boast – then shops in retail giant

David Cameron was branded a hypocrite for shopping at the retail giant Waterstones on Small Business Saturday, the initiative created to boost independent retailers across the UK

The Prime Minister had boasted of his support for the event aimed at boosting independent high street retailers and was eager to be seen handing over cash at his local butcher’s yesterday

The Prime Minister tweeted a picture of himself buying 10 lamb cutlets at A Cobb in Aylesbury, Bucks, close to his official country mansion Chequers.

He wrote: “Supporting #SmallBizSatUK by picking up lamb chops from Cobbs Butchers – I’m cooking dinner for my mum tonight.”

But away from the cameras it appears he popped along the road to Waterstones, part of a nationwide chain with almost 300 branches.

Following the Prime Ministers visit the  Aylesbury branch of the bookstore tweeted: “The lovely David Cameron came in to do some Christmas shopping today.”

“He knows a quality bookshop when he sees one!”


Shadow business minister Toby Perkins responded sarcastically: “Tell him thanks for his support for #SmallBizSatUK”.