Will he really want to be PM?

Britain has a new Prime Minister.

That ought to be something he celebrates but the indecisive election result and the need for support from the Liberal Democrats, with whom the Conservatives have little in common, will put a dampener on celebrations.

Whether David Cameron leads a minority government or a coalition the task he faces is a difficult one.

Some commentators have suggested he’d have been better to stand back and wait. But I’m reminded of a comment Bill English made at a conference, the worst day in government where you can do something is better than the best in opposition where you can do nothing.

3 Responses to Will he really want to be PM?

  1. Mindy says:

    I’ve heard the same stand back and wait comment made about the English Labour party. Of course it depends on the minority govt or coalition falling apart so Labour can step in and win the next election and that is certainly no given.

    (Here via In a Strange Land)


  2. Rossette says:

    The sad part is, that given the current economic and soical status of Britian right right, the Tories should have slam-dunked home with no problem whatsoever. It should have been an easy victory and a huge one, rather than this fragmented mess. It seems that us righties are being well out-numbered, no matter how bad things get! Good luck to Dave though. He looks a little like John Key…


  3. I wish Davey Boy well, too, and he is a bit like John Key in being a moderate, telegenic pragmatist.
    But that is what blew it for Dave Cameron.
    He has rebuilt the Tory Party in a way that has pissed off many Tories. He also insulted his own right wing.
    Some felt so excluded they ran away to the UK Independence Party.
    I don’t recall Key driving anyone or many into the arms of Rodney Hide, despite all the talk of National being Liarbour-lite.
    Cameron made a “cast iron” pledge for the Brits to have a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty , which would give the EUSSR a constitution.
    But Cameron dropped this pledge which upset many on the right. It showed he would twist and turn or deceive like any other politician. This move lost him much credibility.
    It also led UKIP to get 3% of the vote. UKIP has been described as the Tories ‘lost tribe.’
    Cameron was offered a deal from UKIP to have a vote on the EUSSR but he refused. Had the UKippers voted Tory, Cameron would have won a majority of seats.
    Check Fairfactsmedia.com for details, or blogs like EU Referendum.
    I wish Cameron well, but he really blew it against the weakest Liarbore government it could have hoped to have fought against.
    Thus, instead of dealing with UKIP, Cameron has had to deal with the Lib-Dems.


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