Who is David Cameron? Read all about it

28 February 2014

2:45 PM

28 February 2014

2:45 PM

Whatever happens to David Cameron, he will have some reading material post 2015. Dr Anthony Seldon has announced that he will be writing about the Cameron years, just as he did for the Blair and Brown premierships. Seldon plans to publish two books: The Cameron Effect, written with Dr Mike Finn, and Cameron at 10, with Peter Snowdon. Both will be released after the election.

Seldon is not the only scribe documenting the life and times of our chillaxing PM; former Sunday Times Political Editor Isabel Oakeshott has revealed more details about her book (co-written with Lord Ashcroft):

‘When I interviewed the Prime Minister for the Sunday Times at New Year, I was struck by a casual remark he made. Apparently accepting that some aspects of the green agenda have fallen by the wayside, he remarked: “That’s what politics is about! You get a bit of this…you get rid of that…” Does this sum up the Prime Minister’s attitude to his administration?

I think the comment tells us more than that the Prime Minister is willing to compromise. It suggests he is prepared to jettison what once seemed like core principles in the interests of keeping the show on the road. Of course it is this pragmatism that has made him so well suited to governing in coalition. Despite being shackled to deeply unpromising political partners, he has indeed kept the show on the road.

But his approach also leaves many voters wondering who he really is – and that is a problem. That is why Lord Ashcroft and I are writing a new biography of Cameron: to try to find the real character behind the bland political mask.’

When Ashcroft-Oakeshott project was announced last year, it was said that the book would be released after the 2015 election, but Mr S is hearing whispers that the release date may well creep forward.

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  • Two Bob

    I would rather know ‘what’ he is

  • JFKDem1

    Cameron is exactly the Prime Minister that the UK voting public deserves.
    The majority of UK voters have long since abandoned any willingness to stand on principles, and in Cameron the voters have a PM who shares their beliefs.

  • Daniel Tekel Thomas

    He is a vacuous PR man who hails from a small group of like minded people who go around calling themselves ‘progressives’. He is a media creation with no experience whatsoever of the real world that real people live in.
    He makes promises, particularly with regards to the EU and immigration, he knows he will not or cannot keep.
    Like the rest of the shower that infest Westminster he is a charlatan who is only interested in imposing his own agenda and that of his elitist chums.
    As far as he is concerned the British people should be quiet and do as they are told.
    Dave knows best.

  • gelert

    A posh prat who, like Blair, probably believes all the garbage that he spouts. He has ruined the Conservative Party and has more in common with Ken Clarke than Margaret Thatcher.

    When he gets the boot in 2015 he is sure, like Clegg, of some sinecure in his beloved EU. Conservatives should reflect on how different things might have been if David Davis had won the leadership; a decent, honest man, not a Blair-type spiv like Cameron.

  • roblun

    After 13 years of the worst Governement in British history we needed a strong , charismatic , right wing , true Conservative leader who could open the eyes of the British people to the reality of the modern , post socialist , world . Instead we got Cameron . A posh versionof John Major . Cameron and the cronies who surround him are simply Blair worshippers ( the ´master ´ as they call him ) , no principles , no beliefs , no guts – power for the sake of power . After 60 years voting Conservative I will be voting UKIP .

  • S&A

    Just to clarify a point here. Seldon did not ‘write’ the books about Brown and Blair, he edited them. Academic specialists submitted chapters on their own areas of expertise (e.g. Economics, Foreign Policy, Defence etc). Both of them are worth consulting, although anyone talking about Cameron’s achievements will be writing a slim chapter.

  • George Scoresby

    Who cares?

  • Chris Bond

    Who cares? I save everyone the pain of reading the books (plural unbelievably)
    Chapter one – became Tory leader by having the right school tie
    Chapter two – decided to be “new Labour MK2”
    Chapter three – became prime minister by forming government with lib dems because he was so useless he couldn’t get a majority against a Labour party that had driven the economy into the ground.
    Chapter four – did the EU’s bidding while pretending to actually matter.
    Chapter five – didn’t call a referendum despite both the cons and Lib dems saying they would.
    Chapter six – introduced gay marriage which was not in the manifesto (because EU required)
    Chapter seven – lost voters to UKIP
    Chapter Eight – let EA flood peoples homes because EU decreed it.
    Chapter nine – spent rest of term trying to pretend to be Farage.
    Fill in the details with inane cr*p about climate change, and women MPs blah blah blah

  • Frank

    Dr Anthony Seldon is clearly one of those terribly shy academics.
    Surprised that there are any publishers who think that people will buy one book about D Cameron.
    Hard to understand how D Cameron can be seen as anything other than yet another politician driven entirely by ambition.
    If Ashcroft & co want a topic, they could try and explain why the conservative party has been unable, for the last 30 years, to select a leader with real beliefs and courage.

  • Kitty MLB

    Good question really, who is David Cameron ?
    Politicians are now enthroned within their ivory elitist towers
    that we have not a clue.
    Admittedly with 24 HR news the country has changed, we may know everything
    they do, but we do not see them very often ! we are told of their views
    from a somewhat bias media with their own agenda. Politicians are
    now image obsessed and totally disconnected from the electorate in whom
    they serve.
    Cameron was a naïve man to go into coalition the Lib Dems, in the
    national interest, everything but as far as the LIb Dems are concerned,
    He started off with vision and a minority government would have been
    difficult, but it would have shown him to be a man of principle, and integrity.
    They say a wise man looks to the future but always looks around to the past,
    Cameron wished to forget the past, he is embarrassed by his own party,
    a party he thinks he’s bigger than, he has tried to change it into his own image,
    alienated core voters with his un Conservative agenda, and doesn’t seem
    to care two hoots.

  • George_Arseborne