Maybe we’d be better off if David Cameron had gone to Harrow

“Cameron is no Churchill” . . .

Harrow would have given Cameron self-doubt (Photo: Getty)

. . . writes Iain Martin this morning, winning the prize for the year’s bitchiest understatement. And I like this line even better:

But asking what Mr Cameron really thinks on the subject of Europe misses the point: what he really thinks is that he wants to remain Prime Minister for the next six or seven years.

Yes. That streak of patrician, Macmillanite complacency will be the death of us all. I blame Eton. When Eton is good, it’s very, very good: look at the wondrous piece of work it has created in the form of Boris Johnson. Its big problem – at least it was in the days when Cameron was there: thankfully it’s much more selective, nowadays – is that it also does tend to turn out the kind of chap who goes through life being ineffably pleased with himself without any obvious reason for being so.

Dave Cameron always knew he was born to rule. What he never stopped to analyse, unfortunately, is the more important question of why – ie to what useful purpose – he might have been born to rule. In Cameron there’s none of that self-doubt, that introspection we ordinary mortals have. On the plus side this gives him the aura of cool capability that some deluded fools still persist in admiring in him as “Prime Ministerial”. But on the negative side it means that when people much brighter, more experienced and more knowledgeable try patiently to explain to him where he’s going wrong on environmental and energy policy, or on the inflationary spending which will destroy our economy, he’s so puffed up with complacency he just doesn’t want to know.

Maybe we’d all be better off if, like Churchill, he’d gone to Harrow. Churchill had a horrible time at school, of course, where he was a bit of a dunce. But Young Winston’s early adversity was what helped formed the character and ambition that made him the great leader he became. The closest Young Cameron came to early hardship was being rejected by Pop – the elected Etonian society for Etonians who are popular and are thought likely to do well. Perhaps that’s another reason we’re being made to suffer now. “Think I’m unpopular, do you? Hah. You haven’t seen anything yet. I’ll show you just how unpopular a man can be. Damn it, I shall go down in history as the most unpopular Prime Minister of all time. Mwa ha ha ha ha!”

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