Just what is Cameron for?

Watching Osborne this morning on the Andrew Marr show answering questions on whether Britain should bomb Syria and other foreign policy matters, one did wonder where exactly Cameron fitted.   Increasingly Osborne, arguably the most formidable politician in the House at the moment, has already assumed the premiership he has coveted for so long.   All the detailed policy-making is now already in his hands, and that may suit Cameron quite well since he, like Blair, has never been one for detail (as PMQs exposes relentlessly week after week).   He prefers to be the front man, running with whatever is the latest story, even if it turns out to be the opposite tomorrow.   There is no-one so slippery as Cameron so as to be able to somersault every day as though that was the most perfectly normal political routine.   But he is no longer the hard man behind it all.  And he’s not even able to perform his diminished role very well.

Cameron’s botched attempt to reconcile a net immigration target of below 100,000, when the actual figure today has reached 330,000, with even a smidgeon of humanity towards the huge and rising death toll in the Mediterranean has earned him nothing but contempt, almost made worse when he was forced abruptly to change his mind, but then only to the minimalist degree ignominious by comparison with the German example.   Again, over the EU referendum strategy, Cameron has boxed himself into a corner largely of his own making,    He’s already had to give up demanding British opt-outs from EU employment regulations because Berlin and Paris predictably wouldn’t grant it, and now he’s being told that Britain should take in more refugees if he wants a hearing for its ‘catalogue of demands’.   At home too he’s been told he has to reverse his plan to put the machinery of government at the service of the In campaign.

Europe was always the Achilles’ heel of the Tory party, and it looks like being so again.   Eurosceptic Tory MPs are demanding to be allowed to campaign for the anti-EU side and already planning to use their conference later this month with criticisms of Cameron’s renegotiation tactics.   Cameron’s post-election honeymoon is over, and his room for negotiation over Europe is shrinking fast.   If in the event the vote over Europe does go against him, it will not only diminish Britain but wreck his legacy.   But Osborne will survive, untarnished.

5 thoughts on “Just what is Cameron for?

  1. Michael – do you really think Osborne’s record on economic policy and achievement will leave him untarnished?

  2. Ho ho ho Osborne of the white stuff sniff sniff isnt it strange writings of mandm on him who cooks the books strangely hay isnt ossie showing that he and carney haven’t done nothing to bring the borrowing down but rather its gone up and selling offf of our assets they wasted still they haven’t got it bombing other countries will bring more to our shores isnt rocket science is it but hes a deadly school boy whose incharge of our country were did labour go wrong well we now this by allowing tony blair to bring greed into the party thus allowing these weasels to get away with fraud big time they realy want locking up for whot they done run the country well it looks run down from were I sit jeff3

  3. Whots cams about thats easy robbing the poor to pay the rich but realy has parliament seen so ruthless a tory party who took justice away from those who couldnt afford it took benefits away from those who couldnt afford to yes cams and co culled the stock to yet hes back with his greedie mps ministers to do more yes hes helped the rich and weakened the justice system even allowed those news paper people off the hook has realy they all tories together its like that ghost story they back jeff3

  4. This bodes well:

    The Mirror 7th Sept 2015

    “Tory rebels joined with Labour MPs to inflict a humiliating Commons defeat on David Cameron over Europe.

    The Prime Minister wanted to water down “purdah” rules which restrict campaigning by government in the run-up to the in/out referendum, due before the end of 2017.

    Eurosceptics claimed it would give an unfair advantage to those wanting the UK to remain a part of the 28-member union.

    MPs voted by 312 to 285, majority 27, in the report stages of the EU Referendum Bill, to block a Government attempt to dilute the rules.

    It was Mr Cameron’s first Commons reversal as a majority Conservative Prime Minister and will ring alarm bells in Downing Street.”

    Signs of things to come.

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