For the Record by David Cameron, William Collins, £25 A spectre haunts this book – the spectre of Europe. Just as the 700 pages of Tony Blair’s autobiography could not escape the shadow of Iraq, so the 700 pages of David Cameron’s memoir are destined to be read through a single lens: Brexit. For all its detailed accounts of coalition talks with Nick Clegg or anxious Syria debates with Barack Obama, Brexit is the story. Cameron acknowledges as much, writing several times that he goes over the events that led to the leave vote of 2016 every day, “over and over again. Reliving and rethinking the decisions, rerunning alternatives and what-might-have-beens.” Later he writes: “My regrets about what had happened went deep. I knew then that they would never leave me. And they never have.” It’s this which gives the book its narrative arc, one it shares with Blair’s. Both tell the story of a man whose previously charmed path to success … [Read more...] about For the Record: David Cameron’s memoir is honest but still wrong
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“David Cameron eyes return to frontline politics.” God, why couldn’t that sentence stop after the word frontline? Why does “politics” have to ruin everything? I suppose it’s because Cameron is more of the type who’d have been drinking wine back at the chateau in the first world war. “We’re right behind you!” brays General Melchett at Baldrick on the eve of sending his men over the top. “About 35 miles behind you,” mutters Blackadder. Having said all that, I do hope our former prime minister’s forthcoming memoirs are entitled David Cameron’s War, with a cover picture of him doing a thousand-yard stare in a White Stuff fleece. (Out of shot, the back of it reads: “Val d’Isère 2018 – THE POWDER AND THE GLORY BOYS!!!”) And so to an eye-catching report in the Sun, in which a “friend” of Cameron does a spectacular drive-by on him, unintentionally or otherwise. According … [Read more...] about David Cameron, get back in your hut. You’ve done enough damage
David Cameron really loved organising votes for things, didn’t he? That was his answer to everything. I was reminded of this when I read that the elected police and crime commissioners, which his government introduced to oversee the constabularies of England and Wales, aren’t doing a very good job. According to the head of the National Crime Agency, they’re all about stopping speeding and burglary, and not so hot on organised crime, online child abuse and modern slavery. It’s not surprising. Making some local elected officials the overseers of the police is effectively putting the Neighbourhood Watch in charge of law enforcement strategy. They’re going to address the issues most noticeable to the very small percentage of people who might turn out to vote for them. If they were in charge of healthcare, all the money would go to treating RSI caused by overenergetic net-curtain twitching. Their best chance of arresting a mafia boss is if he plays the music … [Read more...] about David Cameron and the art of blaming other people
“I wonder what David Cameron is doing today,” tweeted Anneka Rice on Tuesday. “Cotswold pub lunch? Golf?” The TV and radio presenter is not principally known for her political comment, but it was clear, more than 30,000 likes and 5,000 retweets later, that she had captured something of the public mood. As his successor as prime minister endured an unprecedented drubbing in parliament with the rejection of her deal with the EU, where was the man who had set the Brexit boulder careering downhill in the first place? The answer came the following morning, when Cameron, wearing shorts and warmly tanned from a recent family holiday at a £1,728-a-night resort in Costa Rica, was stopped by reporters on the doorstep of his Notting Hill home. No, he said, he didn’t regret calling the referendum, though he did regret losing it. “And obviously regret the difficulties and the problems we’ve been having trying to implement the result.” And off he … [Read more...] about So what is David Cameron really doing now?
Former prime minister David Cameron today declared it was the 'end of Corbynism' as he praised Boris Johnson's triumph in the General Election. Mr Cameron, who resigned after the UK voted for Brexit in June 2016, said the Conservative majority win today was an 'extraordinary' and 'powerful' result. He added that the victory will create a 'very strong and decisive government' after 'a lot of people put their trust in the Conservatives for the first time'. The election comes three years after Mr Cameron's rift with Mr Johnson over the EU referendum, which he previously admitted damaged the pair's close relationship. Mr Cameron told ITV News: 'First of all big congratulations to Boris Johnson and all those Conservative candidates who worked so hard. 'It's an extraordinary result, a powerful result. It marks the end of Corbyn, and Corbynism, and that's a very good thing for the country.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Hello again, Ma'am: Jubilant Boris Johnson receives … [Read more...] about Ex-PM David Cameron congratulates Boris Johnson for ‘extraordinary result’ and hails the end of Corbynism (no mention of the referendum, though!)