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Fri Jun 24, 2016, 06:56 AM

Cameron has lost his job – his Teflon cockiness has finally worn off

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/24/david-cameron-resign-teflon-cockiness
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Financial chaos, economic crisis, the likely breakaway of Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland: quite a morning’s work for the Bullingdon Club.

Remember as the pound plunges and the markets slide that this entire referendum was called by David Cameron to fend off Nigel Farage and his own Tory ultras. There was no public outcry for a ballot – but for the sake of a bit of internal party management, he called one anyway. He gambled Britain and Europe’s future to shore up his own position. With all the confidence of a member of the Etonian officer class, he thought he’d win. Instead he has bungled so badly that the fallout will drag on for years, disrupting tens of millions of lives across Europe.

All this from a man who sauntered into the job of prime minister “because I thought I’d be good at it”. He rarely showed any reason for such self-confidence. His plans to modernise the Conservative party crumbled upon first touch with the banking crisis, which forced him and Osborne to reheat the Thatcherite economics they’d imbibed as students. The “big society” turned almost immediately back into the Small State. At No 10, he launched an austerity drive that was meant to be over within five years, but is now scheduled to go on for double that. Other prime ministers handed power for a long stretch come up with ideas, policies, a style of governing that defines them: Thatcherism, Blairism. What was Cameronism, apart from a hectoring manner at PMQs and an inability to keep on top of detail?

You’ll be reminded endlessly over the next few days how tight this referendum was – that half the country didn’t vote for this. Quite right – and also serious evidence of the weakness of the PM. At the last referendum over Britain’s future in Europe, in 1975, Harold Wilson secured a whopping majority. Never a man to ask a question of whose answer he wasn’t absolutely certain, he got a landslide. But when Cameron was handed the full resources of the British state to run this campaign, he still couldn’t count on anything more than a small lead in the polls. A born member of the governing class, he simply wasn’t able to govern.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:04 AM

1. It's called democracy.

Both sides say why they're right and the other side is wrong.

Then everyone votes on it.

It's to be commended that it went smoothly even though the vote went against the wishes of the government.

That's true democracy when the will of the people is represented.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:19 AM

2. I've read that growing right wing pressure in the

Conservative Party would have replaced Cameron with someone from a more conservative anti-EU faction and "inevitably" lead to a referendum to leave the EU. Apparently there was indeed no real clamor for exit among the people when Cameron offered it in the belief that it would be easier to defeat now than later.

What a mess.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:22 AM

3. The Labour and Conservative parties backed "Remain" as did the Liberal Democrats.

What a disaster.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:29 AM

5. That's the word but remember he called it to shore up himself

and now he'll get a cushy job fooling folks across the planet

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:42 AM

6. I am catching up on Brexit.

Calling for a referendum in a parliamentary democracy when you are not absolutely certain of the outcome is either vainglorious, stupid, or both...


In anything political I start from the premise that anything favored by the right is likely wrong and Britain leaving the EU is a right wing dream come true.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:33 AM

10. My attorney says the main rule at trial: Never ask a question you don't know how it will be answered

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:23 AM

4. He'll leave, knowing that the tidal wave of shit to come will take him look good by comparison. Nt

 

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 07:51 AM

7. I wouldn't cheer too much. His likely replacement called

Obama a Muslim Kenyan with anti-colinial view of GB.

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Response to Exilednight (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:30 AM

9. Boris being worse doesn't make Cameron better. n/t

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:29 AM

8. Translation: Conservative Politician Fucks Up, Bringing His Career to its Predictable Bad Ending.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:41 AM

12. +1,000

Hopefully the Reagan/Thatcher disaster will end after Johnson implodes - he could be worse than this asshole.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:36 AM

11. This is a lot bigger than one man or one party nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 09:36 AM

14. Agreed but this article is about

why he decided to hold the referendum

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jun 24, 2016, 08:42 AM

13. I don't blame Cameron --- who wants to drive this trainwreck

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