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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dilettante ex-PM resigns to spend more time with his ego

Being a loser wasn't the legacy that Cameron wanted. He basked in his reputation for effortless success, of never doing anything as vulgar as trying but always winning. And whereas he saw his loyalty to his chums as Etonian honour, the rest of us saw it as crooked and corrupt favouritism. 

Unlike Blair, an insecure little man avaricious for wealth to prop his insecurity, for Cameron it's never been about money. He swims in a milieu of multi millionaires and takes money, privilege and exclusivity for granted. It was always power and respect and the trappings of office - the red boxes, bon-mots swapped with the Sovereign,  armoured limos, the State aircraft and the red carpets and doors always being opened for him. As he returned to Parliament an abject and almost anonymous back-bencher with his old-man's bag amongst a scrum of SPADs and secretaries and having to open his own doors and walk from the car park it was clear that this was more than he could endure. 

Cameron was always a dilettante politician, a glib persuasive PR man with qualities of leadership but with one fatal flaw - what used to be termed LMF. Lack of Moral Fibre. We're well rid of him.


Ed P said...

Despite his vacuous and easily-swayed "beliefs", he has inadvertently done the country much good with (the unintended result of) Brexit. Unlike the dreadful Blair, who has done lasting and irreversible damage to the UK. So despite being a lightweight in all aspects apart from media manipulation, overall he was not quite the worst PM ever.

DeeDee99 said...

The fatal flaw was arrogance born of elitism. He had a gilded life from birth. He never had to struggle to get on in life. He never mixed with the "great unwashed" so he neither understood, nor cared, that the British people didn't want the "legacy" he intended to create for them.

If he'd told the EU the deal they offered him was unacceptable, so he'd recommend we leave - or even maintained neutrality - he could still be Prime Minister.

Mrs May seems to have ditched the policy of chasing the votes of LibDems and is firmly pitching for Mrs Thatcher's Blue Collar Tories and UKIP voters.

No wonder Cameron's fuming; Mrs May has only been in Office for 3 months and she's already looking like the best PM since Thatcher.

He's a shallow man and we're well rid of him.

Rush Is Right said...

"Mrs May has only been in Office for 3 months and she's already looking like the best PM since Thatcher."

True. But it's been such a terrible sequence of total duds since Mrs T that to do better than them is not much of an achievement.

Barnacle Bill said...

Fully agree with your comments on the Cameroon, a man whose word certainly wasn't his bond, Eton seems to be producing a poorer product nowadays.

However, looking at many of the photos used by the MSM of the Cameroons together to illustrate his departure, I wonder if it isn't Sam who wears the trousers in that household? Could it be her displeasure at being the wife of a bog standard backbench MP that forced his hand?

Perhaps that explains his lack of a backbone.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

What Barnacle Bill said.

Poisonedchalice said...

Yes to DeeDee99.

Thatcher was the daughter of a grocer and knew well the value of a shopping basket of basic groceries; she also knew how hard it was for some to obtain those groceries. Although May is starting to look good, it would be too premature to state that she IS good. Time will tell.

Talking of time, I think that time will show Cameron to be the heir to Blair. He certainly will not come close to the worst PM of all time because that dreadful accolade goes to the absentee MP - Gordon Brown.

Anonymous said...

The three worst PM's:




The failing that was common to all three (others are similarly tarred), the casual disregard for the 800 years old mother of all constitutions.


Anonymous said...

Even Gordon Brown ranks higher in my estimation than does David Cameron. At least GB deliberately prevented the UK joining the Euro, something for which we should be eternally grateful. He did scandalously sell gold, but arguably saved a great deal more by keeping the pound.

Sackerson said...

"almost anonymous back-bencher with his old-man's bag amongst a scrum of SPADs and secretaries" - you're not the first to call him a scrum-bag, of course.

BUT he did some good things even though he may not have meant to:

1. He did "get it" when the people said they didn't want UK to bomb Syria.
2. He actually held That Referendum.

Possibly the thing I hold against him most is leading the Commons in a standing ovation for Blair. At that point it became clear what an exclusive, mutually agreeable club the whole how has become. Perhaps I should rank the revelation as another favour he did us. Does anyone have an list of the truly honourable Members who did not stand up and applaud?

rapscallion said...

What DeeDee99 said.

Personally I feel avenged. I decided way back in 2008 to give him a fighting chance over his pledge vis-a-vis The Lisbon Treaty. He weaseled his way out of that one despite his "cast-iron guarantee". Further pronouncements endorsed by "Call me Dave" whereby at one stage or another we were "little Englanders, homophobes, xenophobes and gadflies. But his ill-chosen and ill-considered words of "Loonies, fruitcakes and closet racists" left me seething with fury. How dare he! Even Tiny Blur didn't go round openly abusing a large chunk of the voting population. Voting for leave and winning was fantastic, to see him resign was an unexpected bonus, but to see him so humiliated and broken is the icing on the cake.

Paul Oliver-Smith said...

Thank god we don't have to suffer his interminable scripted speeches every day of the week, heralded a day ahead by 'The PM will say' Could he never, ever make a statement as though he was having a conversation, without constantly looking down at the script?

Far from enthusing me I loathed the patronising demeanour that I should want to hear him daily like the old leader's of the USSR voices blaring out over street loudspeakers

mikebravo said...

His failure to keep us in the EU probably means that he will not have his name on a Goldman Sachs business card along with the huge retirement fund to go with it.

Never mind. Lady Sheffield-Cameron will find him a suitable position.

Anonymous said...

In the pantheon of post-war political figures, Cameron - if he's at all mentioned - will be somewhere below Farage. That'll grind his gears for the rest of his life. He was a liar and a dissembler. The late, great Terry Thomas would have played so well.


John M said...

The irony of William Hague - possibly one of the best reminuerated dinner speakers still troughing in the Commons - defending Cameron's decision in The Telegraph this morning was almost nauseating. Presumably Cameron has been hooked up for some gigs already by Hague's agent.

asquith said...

You're not wrong there, as a Remain voter and someone who'd disagree with most of your opinions, one of the reasons Remain lost was the arrogance and entitled attitude coming from Shameron and Gidiot, who acted as if they were going to win because they deserved it, rather than the validity of their arguments.

I consider Brexit a great blow to our country, and I know who brought it about, that massively-foreheaded tit. He almost succeeded in breaking up our country in 2014 and it looks like he's back for another round.

He was always a fake and a stuffed shirt, he hadn't been to Eton he would be ringing people up about the road accident they were in or their PPI insurance.

PS- Have you read Our Joe by Nick Timothy? Not only was Joe Chamerblain a serious figure- especially for me since my girlfriend lives in Birmingham- the wit and wisdom of its author is important since he's now a senior adviser and naturally we want to know the opinions of the man whose voice is being heard in the corridors of power. I ordered one from Conservative Hostory Group but it hasn't arrived yet.

Wildgoose said...


As a fellow admirer of Joseph Chamberlain, you might enjoy The Ponzi Class which I read (and reviewed) recently, (see Amazon link).

The first part of the book is largely about Joseph Chamberlain. It could do with some proof checking, but it does have a wealth of detail. Worth purchasing on the Kindle anyway.

Raedwald said...

Asquith - thanks for that, and I hope I don't raise your blood pressure too much! Good tip - as soon as Abe books have the first used edition of Timothy, I'll buy it.

As a Localist Joe Chamberlain has always been something of a hero of mine - for the Birmingham years, anyway.

mikebravo said...

From the Graun.

"Cameron, who stood down as an MP on Monday, has refused to give evidence to the select committee. In one of his few reflections on his major military intervention, he blamed the Libyan people for failing to take their chance of democracy."

Cameron screws up, gets caught, blames the plebs.

Budgie said...

I was fooled by Blair, but I think that was largely due to my giving too much credence to the wall-to-wall adulation of him by the MSM (especially the BBC). Cameron I found easier to read, his lazy arrogance was very apparent from his "cast-iron" moment onward.

Given Blair's Iraq catastrophe, that Cameron went for regime change in Libya was grotesque. It was compounded by his wish to bomb Assad in 2013 followed by wishing to bomb Assad's enemies in 2015 without so much as a blink at his volte-face. I still don't know how much of all that was down to Cameron though, and how much to our less than inspired FCO.