It’s sad to see Cameron leaving in the haste that he did. It all seems a little bit too rushed. He answered the typical Wednesday’s PMQ’s (which seemed like a comedy skit than answers to national issues), issued a statement to the world press and announced his resignation to HM the Queen. Within seconds, RH Theresa May addressed the Queen and accepted the Queen’s offer to be the leader of the administration and the First Lord of the Treasury. She then walked into no.10 with her husband as the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The quick resignation of the former PM David Cameron after Andrea Leadsom is to be an example to those leaders around the world who refuse to leave quietly, it can also be an example to the man sitting in front of Cameron in the House of Commons: Jeremy Corbyn.
Cameron led a government full of unpredictability, he led the country’s first coalition for seventy years, which turned out to be a stable government, the same cannot be said for other coalition governements around the world. Although some compromises had to be made, like the university tuition fees, the long term economic plan that some of us started to lose hope in started to take effect and we recovered quite rapidly from the recession. Unemployment has gone down with 2 million people in work, deficit cut by 2/3; economy has grown. He was all about social justice and one nation conservatism, which he followed from Margaret Thatcher and it is expected to be followed by his predecessor PM, Theresa May. Legalising gay marriage, which has been an etiquette policy in his legacy, he has been a prime example of modern conservative leader. His charm, friendly laid back manner with other leaders, the youngest PM for 200 years has ensured that the public had faith in him.
Although third time is lucky charm for some, it was not to be for Cameron; he has led a coalition government, which was a gamble, a gamble however that worked. He announced an independence referendum for Scotland, another huge gamble that he closely won. But his third gamble, which was to promise the public of UK a referendum on the status of UK with the European Union by 2017, cost him. Although no one wanted him to go on the basis of ‘Brexit’, purely because there seems to be no one who seems to be suitable to take over, he has resigned by the following day, as is most chivalrous tradition in British politics. Corbyn should be taking steady notes thus far!
It seems that it is far early to say goodbye to a PM who is too young to be the typical 50+ haggard individual, who has dark bags under their eyes after being defeated at the top job. He has been released by a pressure cooker, a chance to spend more time with his family, and be the family man that he is – a status that he has retained for the past six years.
With these parting words, now the former PM, received a standing ovation from the Tory benches and by the common’s speaker, John Bercow.
I will be willing all of you on because people come here with huge passion for issues they care about…they come here with great love for the constituencies that they represent…the last thing I’d say, is that you can achieve a lot of things in politics, you can get a lot of things done, and that in the end, the public service, the national interest, that is what it’s all about, nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it
You have achieved a lot in your time as the Prime Minister but it was your faith in us that led to your downfall. Theresa May will of course lead a very different administration, after all every administration is shaped by the leader’s personality, who she chooses to be in her cabinet in the coming hours will tell us a lot about the administration that she will lead as we untangle ourselves from the European Union, a trade bloc who has proved to be more trouble than it’s worth.