Read Dominic Sandbrook's article 'David Cameron's fatal insouciance' in Newstateman(29/8/2016)this morning , a few inspirations generated :
(1) Kind of agreed:-As he quoted Enoch Powell who said that for all prime ministers , their human flaws are inevitably amplified by the stresses in office , eventually end up as failures. This is from the perspective of looking back the history of all the previous Prime Ministers.
(2)Strongly disagreed :-He attributed Cameron's failures to laid back personality , leaving things until the last moment, so called insouciance.
To me , it was exactly his indifference on other people's feelings insisting his personal crusades to satisfy his sheer egoism , which cost his job in 10 Downing Street.
George Orwell said in 'Why I write':
“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.” And the four reasons why writers write were shear egoism , aesthetic enthusiasm , historical impulse and political purpose :-
Sheer egoism- Wanted to be credited well in history,''desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups in childhood, etc." He says that this is a motive the writer shares with scientists, artists, lawyers - "the whole top crust of humanity" - and that the great mass of humanity, not acutely selfish, after the age of about thirty abandons individual ambition. A minority remains however, determined 'to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.' Serious writers are vainer than journalists, though "less interested in money".
Aesthetic enthusiasm- "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." He says that this motive is "very feeble in a lot of writers" but still present in all works of writing.
Historical impulse- "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity."
Political purpose- ''desire to push the world in a certain direction" in every person. He concludes by saying that "the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude."
As far as these 'qualities' are concerned , politicians are much worse writers. Cameron certainly wanted to be remembered as 'one of the greatest' PM in all time. Of course, fate is cruel when it comes to wishful thinking . Being a columnist of Daily Mail, the author also tried to compare DC with Chamberlain and Eden , perhaps they were not that 'worst' after all as they both had good personalities and characters in the eyes of their colleagues.
It is interesting to know how much Theresa May had learnt from this story of DC or whether she is just a blind follower copying the pattern again and again. Clearly , appointing the same health secretary seems to be a lazy and vain move although it can be argued that she is too tied up by the Brexit syndrome .
(3) But that leads to an interesting point suggested by Dominic : Most 'good' PMs in history were remembered mainly for their establishment in positioning this country on international front stage but not so much achievements in domestic affairs . On the other hand , it was exactly the opposite being true as far as winning a general election is concerned .I think that is common sense . Historians would be tempted to go with the face value as far as the greatness of a country at a time in distant past and only imagine the sentiments and frustrations of people living in the country with harsh lives at that time . A general election now reflects the present sign of the times .
The question of whether we should have a general election right now is obviously targeting the argument that May has had no democratic mandate. Meanwhile , it is also a big temptation considering the Labour Party is at risk of fragmentation with their chosen-one leader well led by May in the opinion polls(yes , these polls could be so wrong!).She had chosen the same way picked by Gordon Brown to wait until 2020. In a way , she has 4 years of Premiership and perhaps it is not in a lady's nature to go for a gamble even though there is a possibility of obtaining a stronger hold of majority in the Commons if we have a general election tomorrow .
Problem is ,credibility has to be earned in a hard way otherwise.NHS is a domestic matter and it is diseased on the decline. Being lazy and laid back is just the right recipe of disaster .
Of course , she can let her 'excellent' SOS to bear all the blames by the time of the next general election . This confrontation with the junior doctors is not going to disappear easily , especially her excellent SOS continues in his office . This is ironically a bigger gamble than triggering the general election tomorrow .
For all her vision of tackling the inequalities in this country , she does not need liability like her excellent health secretary .
Choice is yours , Miss May.......