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3.0 out of 5 stars
Cameron, 4 Jan 2013
This is a really rather ordinary rehash of Dave Cameron's rise to the top of the Tory Party and his unconvincing stab at winning the 2010 general election. Practically no one believed that, given the unpopularity of Gordon Brown and up against an exhausted and penniless Labour Party, Cameron could fail to win a convincing victory in 2010. And yet that's exactly what he managed to do: snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and having to turn mendicant by seeking a power-sharing deal with Clegg and his Liberal bedfellows.
This book provides a perfectly adequate ramble through Cameron's seemingly gilded path to Tory stardom and his apparently effortless ability to square up those that matter within the Conservative party in order to secure career advancement. It does not, however, provide any particular insight into what makes Cameron tick. What does he believe in? The fact that the Prime Minister has now given us several relaunches of his Big Society theme without ever putting any more flesh onto the bones of that particular bromide is surely reason enough for any Tory to worry that staying in office and generally doing the decent thing by his country and his class is all that their leader wishes to be remembered for.
What is Cameron all about? Is he truly intent on recasting the UK's education system and its broken welfare state and thereby donning the ragged radical cloak of Mrs Thatcher? Or is he happily going the way of Harold MacMillan, his mind already half wandering off to growing prize marrows in his Oxfordshire garden in his retirement?
Cameron's unpopularity on his own back benches has everything to do with the fact that many of his MPs simply do not see him as a proper Conservative at all. This book will do nothing to reassure them on that point.