David Cameron has been Prime Minister for nearly six years and Conservative Party leader for more than ten (only Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher served longer in the 20th century).
After a second honeymoon following his election victory last year, he is exhibiting the classic symptoms of decay. His approval ratings are falling, his MPs are rebelling and his mistakes are accumulating. Once the public and the media judge a prime minister to be on a downward trajectory, they become less tolerant of the events and scandals that periodically buffet a government (as Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation, the steel crisis and the Panama Papers have).
Every misstep serves as confirmation of political putrefaction.
He will be recalled as a politician of indisputable skill.
But for what purpose were his gifts deployed?
The political space for Cameron to provide a better answer than his foes is shrinking.
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