greatness never lies in shirking big challenges. Indeed, history tends to reward politicians who were courageous enough to take decisions and alienate people — statesmen such as the great Liberal prime ministers William Gladstone and David Lloyd George, and Labour’s Clement Attlee, as well as Mrs Thatcher herself. All of them, in their different ways, were radicals. All had a profound sense of mission and a determination to leave their mark on history.While leaving blank any suggestion that Dave has any sense of mission whatsover. Damian Thompson in the Telegraph is far more explicit
There’s a third reason for Cameron’s failure to communicate. It’s not that he lacks a convincing narrative: so does every other leader in these chaotic times. It’s that he doesn’t really know why he wanted to be Prime Minister. I get the sense that he parked that internal discussion until after he’d got the job, and now he’s too preoccupied to address it. But address it he should, because the British electorate knows exactly what to do with prime ministers who lack a vocation. It kicks them out of office and then spends years mocking them.Thompson scores a telling hit
Whenever Cameron speaks, I feel that he’s talking to someone else. Indeed, I suspect that the whole country – irrespective of class, race, gender or sexuality – feels the same thing.And this is the crux of it. Cameron has never learned the knack of talking to people rather than at them.