An I surprised? The Guardian's leftist views have reached an astonishing new low. The Guardian has apologised for saying David Cameron had only felt "privileged pain" over the death of his son. In extracts of his memoirs published on Sunday, the former PM praises the NHS care his disabled son Ivan received before he died in 2009, aged six. But the paper asked whether he "might have understood the damage his policies have done" if he had sought care for a parent rather than a child. "The original version of an editorial posted online yesterday fell far short of our standards," a spokesman said. "It was changed significantly within two hours, and we apologise completely." A screenshot of the paragraph about Mr Cameron's son was shared on social media, including by Chancellor Sajid Javid, who called it a "shameful thing to read". "Never has an editorial so lacked in empathy, while so righteously criticising others for lacking it," he said in a tweet. Image Copyright @sajidjavid@SAJIDJAVID Report Liberal Democrat MP Angela Smith condemned the remarks as "entirely inappropriate". Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, Ms Smith said: "I don't believe in the politics of class warfare. "The majority of parliamentarians are trying to do a decent job and I think the use of those terms must have been very hurtful to David Cameron." Comedian and actress Jenny Eclair tweeted: "I am furious with David Cameron but to question his grief privilege as the Guardian is doing is vile beyond vile - his 6 year old son died." Image Copyright @jennyeclair@JENNYECLAIR Report Mr Cameron had been an MP for less than a year when Ivan was born in 2002, and became prime minister the year after his son died. In an extract of his memoirs published in the Sunday Times, Mr Cameron recalls taking Ivan to hospital when he was just a few days old. "When you watch your tiny baby undergoing multiple blood tests, your heart aches. When they bend him back into the foetal position to remove fluid from the base of his spine with a long, threatening-looking needle, it almost breaks," he says. It was later discovered Ivan had cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy that led him to have 20 or 30 seizures in a day.