Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Cameron and the Belloc Principle

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 9th April, 2016

Cameron must goLondon’s Whitehall was blocked this afternoon by demonstrators calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to resign. There are many reasons why the public might want to see the back of him and the Conservative government, even though they were only voted in last May, but the cause of this particular rally was the PM’s delay in clarifying the degree to which he did or did not benefit from his late father’s offshore funds. He has certainly handled the matter badly, which is rather odd for someone with a PR background, but then it is often difficult to be entirely objective about oneself. But is this a resigning matter? It is not as if he has broken any law (so far as we know). I can understand why many people are angry that it seems that there is one set of rules and taxes for ordinary people and another for the rich, but in that case the solution is to address the issue of tax havens and offshore funds directly, rather than focussing on one individual. Besides, were David Cameron to go, would his replacement be any better? The Conservatives enjoy an overall majority in the House of Commons and there is unlikely to be a general election before 2020. Were Cameron to stand down, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are two names in the frame, both of which make me shudder, not least because both are in favour of Brexit. As far as I am concerned, the most important challenge facing Britain at the moment is ensuring that the UK stays in the EU, even if it means a weakened David Cameron at the helm. So, let us take note of the cautionary lesson in Hilaire Belloc’s poem “Jim”, and for the moment “always keep a-hold of Nurse, for fear of finding something worse.”

2 Responses to “Cameron and the Belloc Principle”

  1. nigel hunter said

    Cameron started the ball rolling in the EU debate to keep his party together causing the divisions now prevalent.To the present. I suppose he is the best of the bunch with Osborne his successor keeping the status quo. Reading Nick Clegg,s Evening Standard article, I can see how he sees it’s one elite fighting another in the establishment and the rest of us are dragged along for the ride, we have no choice in their fight.
    Cameron is putting all his fight behind staying in ‘cos it’s his political legacy, he will not want to leave on a downer.. If he succeeds life will carry on as normal, loose the countries future is uncertain. As a result even weakened i guess he will have to stay to prevent an uncertain future.

  2. Jack Hanning said

    Good piece! Fully agree

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