Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for December 6th, 2009

Four Years of Chameleon Cameron

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 6th December, 2009

David Cameron celebrates four years as Conservative leader today — a record that eclypses those of his three predecessors. Like them, however, he has not yet had the chance to get his hands on the keys of No 10 Downing Street. Moreover, while it is perhaps still more likely that he will be Prime Minister than Gordon Brown this time next year, the prospect of a Tory landslide is diminishing. This is not because Mr Brown and his Ministers have suddenly been performing more brilliantly, but rather because Brand Cameron is failing to convince. He increasingly comes over as Blair Lite and large numbers of people in Britain — including some members of the Conservative Party — are not convinced that is what the country needs right now. I don’t give a fig which school Mr Cameron went to or how posh his shadow Cabinet are. The core of the problem is that we just don’t know what chameleon Cameron really stands for. One minute he is expressing all-inclusive views about the diversity in modern society, the next he is championing traditional family values. Just how sincere and deep is his environmental commitment? And what exactly would be a Cameron government’s engagement with our European Union partners be like, once he has finished trying to appease the Eurosceptics inside his party? So many unanswered questions, which is disconcerting after four years in the spotlight. Which is maybe why Gordon Brown has been looking so much more cheerful lately. I doubt if the Prime Minister has yet consolidated his chances of remaining in office after the  general election, but at least it now looks as if David Cameron won’t be carried into 10 Downing Street shoulder-high.


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