He gambled on running for the Tory leadership, he gambled on the Coalition, he gambled on the Scottish referendum, and finally he got his party its first Parliamentary majority in 18 years. And then Young Dave gambled on an EU referendum, and he lost. Moreover, it wasn’t just him who lost, nor the Tories. One look at the financial markets this morning tells you all you need to know about that: Britain has lost big time.
JOLLY POOR SHEOW!
Losses were at their worst point greater than those in the 1987 crash. Sterling has been marked down significantly against both US Dollar and Euro (that’s the Euro that voters were told was in crisis and facing the end times). As markets across the continent have also suffered huge losses, any prospect of other EU member stats giving Britain an easy time on negotiating trade agreements has gone out the window.
Only one person is responsible for this, and that person is Cameron. The former PR man had worked his charm so well in previous years, sold his vision for the Tories and for Britain, persuaded the right people to put their crosses in the box to get him into power and keep him there. Polling well ahead of his party, he was the successful salesman, the smooth political operator. But this time he fouled up.
The Tories who led the Out campaign - Bozza, “Oiky” Gove, Iain Duncan Cough, and the rest of the motley assemblage - wanted him to stay in Downing Street. Dead right they did. Not one of them can hold a candle to his abilities. But they will be denied their ultimate hostage to fortune, as Cameron has come straight out of Number 10 this morning and said he is going to surrender the seals of office as soon as a successor can be chosen.
Who might succeed him? The sensible candidates - Theresa May, Philip Hammond, Sajid Javid - all backed the Remain campaign. The Tories, and - whisper it quietly - the country, are left with the wackos: Bozza, Gove, or worse. What chance would either of them have of uniting the Tories and holding that slim majority together? More likely is that whoever succeeds Cameron will already be on the slippery slope to a snap General Election.
Already the Scots are talking of a second referendum on independence. In Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin are making mischief, talking about voting on a united Ireland (Northern Ireland returned a majority for Remain). Firms across the country, financial, manufacturing, transport, are looking to relocate across the Channel. Stock market losses mean Britain has ceased to be the world’s 5th largest economy (replaced by, er, France).
And our only prospect is having the country run by two over-promoted and over-sold journalists. Bozza was a disaster as Mayor of London. Gove was an equally bad Education secretary. It is now clear that Cameron has been the only one holding the Tories together, but that is about to end, as the pilot is dropped and the ship of state sails into unknown waters with two self-appointed “experts” on the bridge.
The salesman is well and truly dead. The lunatics are about to take over the asylum.