David Cameron has finally admitted that he doesn’t have the energy to pretend that he remotely cares about being an MP. The worst gap year in British history has come to an end just as the Nasty Party are beginning to throw coal into the engine and are building up steam. The Tories are on full tilt stupid and they are driving the locomotive off the rails with the intensity of Michael Gove scrabbling to regain a semblance of the political career he had carved out with his bare hands, naked ambition, and total lack of humility, self-awareness, and talent.
The shallowness with which Cameron approached politics will not be missed and his one year as a bona fide Prime Minister, operating under his own mandate, will live on as the shortest yet among the most devastating in British political history. Expect the Murdoch press et al to spin eulogies in his honour and lickspittle opposition MPs to share kind reflections on a political amoeba’s passing from the backbenches to the tax avoiding multi-millionaire status of honourary board member that they aspire to.
Cameron is gone but his legacy in government will live on and, fingers crossed, see him in jail someday.
Where Margaret Thatcher, during her own political career, carved out the status as one of Britain’s most divisive figures, reviled and loved in equal measure (if not by equal numbers of people), and who’s very memory still rouses levels of hatred rarely associated with public figures, David Cameron will be associated in equal parts of derision over relationships with farm yard animals, ineptitude over every area of policy he turned his hand to, and to the absolutely defining clusterfudge of the 2016 EU Referendum.
Cameron was never anything more than the faintest of veneers on a political party so ethically bankrupt that expense claims to clean their moats will barely raise eyebrows. The scab has been excised from the open wound of British politics and, in his leaving, that may have been Cameron’s greatest contribution.
A two fingered salute to you sir (will Cameron feature in May’s first Honours handouts?). David Cameron, an example of the greatest education that tax avoided money can buy.