Cameron, the Napoleonic Sheep
Bruce Anderson had a brilliant column in the Daily Telegraph yesterday. He still supports David Cameron’s policies, but seems to have lost patience with the politician, who “has spent a lot of time reminding hungry sheep about the price of grass”.
Anderson divides prime ministers into rationalists and demiurges, or boring administrators and leaders “whose force of personality requires a vast field of action to express itself and can work wonders on the public psyche”. Category A includes Attlee, Home, Callaghan and Major; category B Churchill, Thatcher and Blair; while “Eden, Macmillan and Brown were too complex to be classifiable”.
Cameron, he implies, is heading for classification in the rationalist, boring category.
What a disillusionment this is. For it was Anderson who wrote on 30 January 2006, the month after Cameron’s election as Conservative Party leader: “No politician since Napoleon has had such a dramatic impact so quickly.”
How the mighty are fallen, and their great historical allusions with them.Tagged in: cameron, change of mind, david cameron
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