David Cameron’s shock return divides UK Tories

ER Editor: We have absolutely no idea what is going on here, but if you wanted to illustrate to an extremely cynical, jaded public what the real, corrupt state of Uniparty politics is, this would be it. Here’s Cameron’s World Economic Forum website page, the badge of globalist putrefaction:

See this link for his Young Global Leader position – https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/05/nominate-a-young-global-leader-today/

Some Twitter reactions —


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reshuffles Cabinet
Cameron, who resigned after losing the Brexit referendum in 2016, becomes the U.K.’s top diplomat | Andy Rain/EPA-EFE

It was the biggest development in a major ministerial reshuffle that saw Sunak sack right-wing firebrand Suella Braverman as home secretary and appoint many of his closest allies to top jobs.

Cameron, who resigned after losing the Brexit referendum in 2016, becomes the U.K.’s top diplomat. He has been handed a seat in the unelected House of Lords to allow him to take the job.

From Cameron’s perspective, leading the foreign office has obvious appeal as an opportunity to rebuild his battered reputation after having triggered a Brexit referendum that he lost, and facing stinging criticism of his post-government lobbying work.

But Sunak’s decision to bring him back in from the cold has provoked sharp disagreement in a Conservative Party which, on current polling, is destined for electoral defeat.

Dividing opinion

POLITICO spoke to more than half a dozen (ER: half a dozen is precisely 6) Tory MPs and ministers who welcomed Cameron’s return. Most, but not all, were from the left and center wings of the Conservatives. Some were granted anonymity to speak freely about the state of the governing party.

“Hurrah!” said a former minister. “The acknowledgment that we fight elections from the center ground is basic but great news.” A Tory MP elected in 2019 said “this may actually turn out to be a masterstroke” by Sunak, and heralded “a return to the sensible middle ground.”

Another 2019 Tory MP said: “I’m to the right of DC but I have missed his calibre in government … The naysayers forget that he brought a lot of us to the Conservative Party in our younger years. Rishi has pulled a blinder.”

As Conservative leader, Cameron helped drag his party back from years in the political wilderness.

He modernized its image, diversified the intake of its parliamentary representatives, and negotiated a once-implausible coalition with the center-left Liberal Democrats in 2010 to end years of Labour rule. He also saw off a Scottish referendum fight in 2014, and then won a sizable election victory in 2015 — when many pundits predicted a hung parliament.

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and a trade envoy to east Asia, said Cameron’s was a strong appointment because of his “depth of experience and natural temperament.”

Britain’s former Prime Minister, David Cameron, walks to the Foreign Office building as he leaves 10, Downing Street with Sir Philip Robert Barton | Carl Court/Getty Images

A former cabinet minister echoed this, saying the move would “reassure the party and public that the Conservatives are serious about governing and winning.”

Tory MPs in southern English seats, meanwhile, hope that Cameron’s return will prove popular with their voters in the next election. In many of these seats, the party faces a strong challenge to the left from the Lib Dems.

Courting controversy

But the appointment has already riled some MPs on the right of the party — who suspect a leftward shift in Sunak’s government. A Tory MP who is allied with Braverman said they were concerned over “what it signifies about [the] direction of travel.”

Cameron also brings plenty of baggage. Some in Westminster argue that controversy over his activities since leaving office may lead Sunak to regret bringing him back to the frontline.

The former PM was at the center of the Greensill scandal, one of the biggest lobbying rows in recent British political history. A parliamentary committee found in 2021 that Cameron had shown a “significant lack of judgement” in lobbying the British government on behalf of finance firm Greensill Capital, which hired him as a paid adviser before it collapsed amid questions over the way it was run. The Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into the firm is ongoing.


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