This is an interesting article from the former BBC and FT jounalist, Chris Cook, on ex PM Cameron’s book, which is well worth reading (the article that is – not the book!)
It is a pretty excoriating piece on the vacuousness of Cameron – with which sentiment, unsurprisingly, he suggests, Dominic Cummings amongst others, agrees.
The article’s conclusion is I think, worth quoting:
We currently have an even less serious person [Johnson] as prime minister. You can see a recurrence of the disease that afflicted the media under Cameron – treating a lightweight like a statesman. The dignity of office and the size of his majority will imbue banality with solidity. And, given the seriousness of the task ahead, this is a grave danger – especially for a state as weakened as the post-Cameron UK.
Cameron writes, at the start of the book, about being taught by someone who was a student of the “Great Man” school of history – the notion that history is best understood through a chain of biographies of the great men who shaped it. There’s a cruel irony to it for him.
It is a daft way to conceive of history. But in Cameron’s case, it works. Britain is diplomatically weak, suffering anaemic economic growth and underpowered public services. The country may fracture in the coming years; the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland may have had its last general election. The country has little capacity to act, yet is tasked with remaking itself and carving a new strategic posture.
This state of affairs is largely his personal failure.
The last ten, and the next five years look more and more to be shaping up to be the story of how the Tories will have unmade Britain.
And this in a largely vacuous and unplanned way.
They have ignored any duty of care towards the country and its residents that their predecessors might have had.
This has been reciprocated and absorbed by their supporters, who have drunk the individualist potion such that the same duty of care has also been forgotten by most of their voters.
I cannot come to a conclusion other than that they actually do not realise what they are doing.