Hero to Zero: David Cameron gone after Brexit vote

Politics is a fickle beast: you can go from hero to zero in the time it takes to count the votes in a referendum.

David Cameron looked on top of the world a few short months ago, with an opposition leader who is completely tits. However, he backed the wrong horse in the EU referendum and now must fall on his sword. It’s what leaders do, and David Cameron has.

James Delingpole explains:

“How would it be for David Cameron if he lost this Referendum?”

When a BBC crew asked me this two days ago I don’t think either they or I imagined for a moment that this scenario would come to pass.

“It would be an utter disaster for him!” I said, with perhaps a hint of glee.

But it’s not at all how I’m feeling right now. Actually, in the end, Schadenfreude is an ugly emotion. Dave and I were friends once and though he has done an awful lot since as a politician which has irritated me beyond measure, I can take no joy in his downfall.

It was a self-inflicted downfall too, which is what must make it even harder to bear for him.

Every politician has their day. It can be of their choosing or the electorate’s choosing. David Cameron basically got the arse-card with the referendum. James Delingpole makes an interesting observation about how politicians use up their friends for the sake of convenience then, when the worst happens, those former friends look on with a combination of sorrow and a wry smile.

He really didn’t need to stake his reputation on the outcome of this Referendum. He could have taken a back seat and said, near the beginning: “Personally, I’m inclined to think that the safer course would be for Britain to remain in the EU. But this should not be a party political matter and I do not wish to abuse the authority of my office by engaging in so divisive an issue. It’s up to you, the people of Britain to decide and I will be guided by you.”

But he didn’t. And so he set the seeds for his own destruction.

There will be those – lots of you reading this probably – who couldn’t be more delighted that Cameron has finally got his comeuppance.

It happens to them all, eventually.

And of course I see your point. Cameron was definitely a Prime Minister in the wet Edward Heath/Harold Macmillan mould. ‘Yes, dear boy, just trust the running of the country to your plummy-voiced betters. We’ll know what to do.’ Most definitely not the radical Thatcherite mould. This, in my view, led to an awful lot of bad things happening on his watch that shouldn’t have happened: insane and expensive green policies; the accommodation of much left-wing social policy; the unseemly way in which he conducted the Referendum campaign with the viciousness and desperation of a man who knows that he loses this one then basically he is toast.

Gee, sounds like someone else I know.

Which now, effectively he is.

He took a massive gamble (though it probably didn’t seem a gamble when he took it). Fortune’s wheel turned. And now he is crushed beneath it.

I feel no joy in this. Whatever you think of David Cameron, this is his tragedy.

Sad, but inevitable when you invest so much of your personal capital into a losing campaign.


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