Academics rate Cameron among worst modern prime ministers. What took them so long?

File photo dated 11/07/16 of David Cameron, who could be hauled in front of MPs to explain his resignation honours list after the chair of a Commons committee called for an investigation into the controversy.

David Cameron’s greatest failure was the European Union referendum, according to the survey. How silly! Of course it was – it’s the reason for his resignation [Image: Philip Toscano/PA Wire].

Did it really take academics six years to work out David Cameron was a dud? Most of us knew it after six weeks.

If they really didn’t know until now, it calls their intelligence into question in a big way.

Is it just possible that they knew all along, but believed it was unpatriotic to question the talents of the incumbent prime minister?

Or were they afraid of reprisals if they pointed out the blatantly obvious?

Oh, and as for the hacks in the mainstream media?

That goes for them too.

David Cameron has been rated one of the worst prime ministers in modern history by political experts.

The Conservative came third from bottom in the table of post-war leaders but would have been classed as the biggest failure based on rankings for only his second term.

Cameron fared worse than Labour’s Gordon Brown, the premier he regularly mocked while opposition leader, in the survey of academics who specialise in politics and contemporary British history.

Nearly nine out of ten said the European Union referendum was his greatest failure, with one claiming it was the greatest defeat of any prime minister “since Lord North lost America”.

Only Sir Anthony Eden, whose reputation was left in tatters by his handling of the Suez crisis, and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who only lasted a year, were ranked lower than Mr Cameron in the list of 13 prime ministers who have served since 1945.

Source: David Cameron Rated One Of The Worst Prime Ministers In Modern History | Huffington Post


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8 thoughts on “Academics rate Cameron among worst modern prime ministers. What took them so long?

  1. Jon Jaguar

    The problem with history (and sometimes politics) is that it’s difficult to analyse it until after the event. But. Cameron didn’t seem to have any power of thought or principles or a strategy so it was odds on that he would crash and burn sooner or later.
    An even bigger fool is Nick Clegg who was gormless from the start and actually destroyed his party, painfully assembled over forty years, virtually overnight. Some promises cannot be broken.
    Perhaps Cameron’s folly will destroy his party too eventually because there’s nobody of any calibre left to shovel up his shit.
    We need sensible leadership now and, unless the Party starts to pull together, we’re being denied that by you-know-who and acolytes.

  2. Tim

    Cameron already seems to have been largely forgotten by the Conservative party and the country. Few people talk about him or refer to him. It’s almost as if he never existed and left no footprints in the sand. His legacy seems to have been as fleeting and ephemeral as his pretended compassion and faux morality. A Prime Minister whose name, truly, seem to have been writ in water. Extraordinary.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Perhaps it’s more convenient for certain people that he fade away?
      I would like to see in-depth investigations into the implications of every decision he made in office. Who benefited? Who lost out? And is it possible to indict him for any of it?

      1. jeffrey davies

        come on mike hes covered his backside by changing the laws to suit but one hopes if not for their attack on benefit denials he is brought to book on his deeds but then we now they all have those get out of jail cards

  3. Barry Davies

    When he first tried to become an M.P. he was parachuted into the safe tory seat of Stafford, we saw through him and voted for the labour candidate instead, he of course got his own back with 6 years of attacking our hospital with lies misdirections and pro privatisation propaganda, the same strategy that he used to try to sell the eu to us.

  4. Zippi

    I NEVER liked him. I am far from perfect but he is a disgrace and should be ashamed and made to answer for his ineptitude. How is it that this man has still not been brought before Parliament to answer for his lack of planning etc.? I voted to leave the E.U. (based on my own research) but even I am furious with this man. What kind of eijit offers a binary referendum with no strategy? Where was his plan? What happened after the result was not what he expected? He bailed! He was forever going on about leadership yet, where was his? He could deride and ridicule and tell foolish jokes at Questions To The Prime Minister but where was his vision? Who were those deluded fools who believed that he would do well in a crisis? I want this man brought to book! Saying that he was one of the worst Prime Ministers is all well and good but he needs to be held accountable. He shirked his responsibility and he needs to face up to it. People need to learn that they can’t run away from these things.

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