David Cameron has today called for “calm” throughout the world and at home, after yet another holiday was interrupted so he could return to London to chair a meeting of the National Security Council's Libya committee.
It is the second time his holiday plans have been disrupted this summer, having abandoned a break in Tuscany earlier this month due to the riots across England.
He said the priority in the next few days was to "preserve civil order at home and abroad" and ensure that “his well deserved break wasn’t so rudely interrupted again. Of course we recognise the urgency of tackling the multitude of national and international crises, but I've just bought The Da Vinci Code and an extra-large bottle of Piz Buin, so let's maintain some perspective. I've been meaning to read some Dan Brown for years, and I'd look pretty silly using my new lilo at home in the moat."
He said considerable planning had been done to ensure this was the case, with key people appointed to run basic services. "UK and NATO forces will be deployed around the globe in potential hotspots to maintain a respectable amount of status quo to ensure that my holidays are not further interrupted." it said in a statement.
Mr Clegg is also expected to pledge his support for these proposals, as he is expected to continue with his holiday arrangements regardless.
A close friend of Mr Cameron said “David takes his job seriously, he needs his well earned down time to recuperate and regenerate, that’s why he chose a career in politics where else can you get that amount of annual holidays. Recently though he has begun to question whether he made the right choice, and he is seriously considering retraining to become a teacher or university lecturer. At least in one of those careers he won’t have his hols cut short, although he's heard disconcerting rumours that teachers have to actually pay for their holidays."
Hat tip to rickwestwell and Vertically Challenged Giant.