Dear Lord Gnome,
What unfortunate timing! Hardly had you released your special ‘Revolving Doors’ pullout in Private Eye on former ministers, advisors and top officials getting jobs in private industry than former comedy prime minister David Cameron hands in his notice.
He says it’s because he doesn’t want to be a “distraction” from the policies of his robotic replacement, Maggie Mark II – I mean, Theresa May.
But how long do you think it will be before he jumps into bed (or boardroom, at least) with some ambitious, up-and-coming company that is just beginning to make headway in the world – of private health provision, perhaps?
It’s all a far cry from the days when MPs stayed in their constituency seats for life (or until the electorate got rid of them), because they wanted to contribute to British political debate, no matter what.
Cameron and his ilk seem to think politics is a way for them to ingratiate themselves with their masters in private business before brown-nosing their way into a cushy job with single-figure working hours and a six-figure salary.
As for the good people of Witney: They have put up with this many, his government and its policies for many years but have recently shown many signs of dissent – most particularly over cuts to education. Mr Cameron’s own family campaigned against him on several issues.
It is a highly Conservative area of a highly Conservative county, though.
But with a by-election coming up, the question has to be this:
Will Witney turn away from the Conservatives who are wrecking public services there – or will voters roll over and let the Tories have their wicked way again?
David Cameron is standing down as the Conservative MP for Witney two months after resigning as prime minister.
The former Conservative leader said he had decided it was not possible to be a proper backbencher having been at the helm of the government.
He said he would offer his full backing to the candidate who stood in his place, arguing that he did not want to be a “distraction” to Theresa May’s government.
In an interview with ITV, the former prime minister said: “I have thought about this long and hard over the summer and I have decided the right thing to do is to stand down as the member of parliament for Witney. There will be a byelection. I will give the Conservative candidate my full support.
“In my view, with modern politics, with the circumstances of my resignation, it isn’t really possible to be a proper backbench MP as a former prime minister. I think everything you do will become a big distraction and a big diversion from what the government needs to do for our country,” he said.
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