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David Cameron’s alternative memoirs

Posted by hkarner - 20. September 2019

Date: 19-09-2019
Source: The Economist Bagehot

This week the former prime minister published his memoirs. Here we print an extract from the book he might have written had he won the referendum

A friend once asked Margaret Thatcher what she would do differently if she had her time again. After a pause for thought, she replied: “I think I did pretty well the first time.” I don’t feel quite the same way. I was wrong to withdraw Conservative meps from the European Parliament’s centre-right alliance. I was wrong to surround myself with so many chums from school and university. On reflection the “Big Society” contained too much hot air. But I do pride myself on one thing: I left behind a country that was far more at ease with itself than the one I inherited.

The reason for this was the defining act of my career, the Brexit referendum of 2016. After the result was announced, the pundit class assured me with one voice that I didn’t deserve any credit for doing the blindingly obvious. “Mr Cameron was confronted with an open goal,” the Times editorialised. “All he did was kick the ball.” These were often the same people who, before the vote, had informed me that I risked unleashing monsters. I can only say that the referendum didn’t feel like an open goal at the time. The campaign tore the country apart and strained some of my closest friendships. And the result was worryingly close. I sometimes torment myself, in my more masochistic moments, by imagining what might have happened had it gone the other way! Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Seven weeks before we leave the EU… has anyone seen David Cameron?

Posted by hkarner - 11. Februar 2019

Date: 10-02-2019
Source: The Guardian

David Cameron: ‘He’s rethinking all the decisions he made’

With Brexit weeks away, many see the former PM as the man who wrecked Britain. Cameron’s memoirs will reveal more but meanwhile, we ask his friends and former colleagues: where did it all go wrong and where does he go from here?

In the icy depths of late January, just as Theresa May was absorbing the latest parliamentary defeat for her Brexit plan, David Cameron landed in the sunshine of southern India. He had been hired to deliver a lecture on geopolitics, plus a few amusing cricket anecdotes, in Chennai, in honour of the late Indian entrepreneur KS Narayanan. The businessman was known in his home country for quitting while he was ahead, retiring at the height of his powers. Cameron, however, is better known for doing the opposite.

The official line is that the man who brought us Brexit, and then walked away whistling from his final farewell to the nation, has no regrets; that all will be explained in the memoirs he is due to publish later this year, and that meanwhile he is enjoying an agreeable retirement on the international speaking circuit. In private, it’s not that simple. He may be more sanguine about it than his old friend George Osborne, but Brexit has divided the Camerons’ social circle just as it has divided the country, and they have not been spared the backlash. One society hostess entertaining the couple recently had to ring fellow guests in advance, checking that they would be able to keep things civil; not all the responses were positive. Even his wife Samantha’s Instagram feed, devoted mainly to holiday snaps and puffs for her new fashion business, is occasionally invaded by passersby criticising her husband. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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U.K.’s ‘Brexit’ Referendum Will Leave Deep Scars

Posted by hkarner - 22. Februar 2016

Date: 22-02-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

Even if David Cameron does win, there will be no return to the status quo ante, Simon Nixon writes

Cameron1It is just nine months since David Cameron won a remarkable election victory. Yet the U.K. prime minister will be out of a job in four months if he fails to persuade the British public to back his campaign to keep Britain in the European Union in the referendum that he has now confirmed will be held June 23.

Mr. Cameron insists that he will cling to office even if he loses. But defeat would split his party, potentially trigger the breakup of the U.K. and accelerate the disintegration of the European Union. It is hard to see how any leader could survive such monumental failure.

Mr. Cameron never wanted to be in this position. He tried hard his first three years as prime minister to avoid conceding the referendum but was outsmarted by euroskeptics in his own party whose overwhelming political objective has always been to secure a British exit from the EU, or Brexit. Indeed, Mr. Cameron has been outsmarted by euroskeptics at almost every turn since he became leader of the Conservative Party, from his earliest decision to withdraw his party from the mainstream Conservative bloc in the European Parliament to this recent decision to allow members of his own cabinet to campaign for Brexit—and for his own political annihilation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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This generation of politicians is killing the EU!

Posted by hkarner - 16. Februar 2016

Date: 16-02-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: European Union Fears Copycats on U.K. Demands

Officials’ efforts to limit negotiations to Britain meet with mixed results

Hollande Cameron CCFrench President François Hollande, left welcomed U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Mr. Cameron will seek a deal on new terms of U.K. membership in the European Union at a summit in Brussels this week.

BRUSSELS—British Prime Minister David Cameron will seek a deal on new terms of U.K. membership in the European Union at a summit here on Thursday and Friday, but EU officials’ efforts to contain the negotiation to Britain and prevent other countries from piggybacking on the agreement has offered mixed results.

Politicians from several countries in the 28-nation bloc have used the negotiations, the result of which will provide the basis for a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU, as a vehicle to push for their own wish lists as the bloc is under intense strain because of the migration crisis.

Some governments are also tempted by Mr. Cameron’s proposed welfare restrictions, despite all reassurances given by EU officials that the deal would only apply to Britain. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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David Cameron’s Remarkable EU Deal

Posted by hkarner - 5. Februar 2016

Date: 04-02-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

Move to allow U.K. to restrict benefits for migrants is substantial concession

David Cameron’s renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s membership in the European Union has been derided as a gigantic missed opportunity that achieved very little. But this is only half right.

It is true that the U.K. prime minister dropped some of his most eye-catching early demands, including an opt-out from EU social and employment law, even before the process started.

Much of the 16-page draft deal circulated by European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday simply reiterates existing rights; there is nothing to which Mr. Cameron has agreed that requires a change in the EU treaties and little that even requires changes in secondary legislation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Brüssel und der drohende Brexit: Alles nur Schein

Posted by hkarner - 2. Februar 2016

Date: 02-02-2016
Source: SPIEGEL

Die EU will den Austritt Großbritanniens unbedingt verhindern – und inszeniert einen Schaukampf, dessen Gewinner bereits feststeht: David Cameron. Aber spielen die britischen Wähler das Theater mit?

Wenig Zeit?
Zusammengefasst: Die EU ist bereit, die Reformforderungen Großbritanniens in wichtigen Punkten zu erfüllen, um einen Austritt des Landes beim kommenden Referendum zu verhindern. Dazu soll David Cameron in die Lage gebracht werden, sich als Gewinner harter Verhandlungen zu präsentieren – weshalb nun ein Kampf inszeniert wird. Allerdings ist offen, ob die britischen Wähler bei diesem Spiel mitspielen.

Die Bühne steht, die Hauptdarsteller sind mit ihren Rollen vertraut, und der Ausgang des Dramas ist natürlich auch schon geplant: Der britische Premier David Cameron wird, sollte nichts wirklich Außergewöhnliches passieren, am 19. Februar als Sieger vom Brüsseler EU-Gipfel heimkehren. Anschließend kann er seinen Landsleuten guten Gewissens empfehlen, beim Referendum über die weitere EU-Mitgliedschaft Großbritanniens mit Ja zu stimmen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Drohender Brexit: EU kommt Großbritannien weit entgegen

Posted by hkarner - 2. Februar 2016

Date: 02-02-2016
Source: SPIEGEL

Im Streit mit Großbritannien hat EU-Ratspräsident Tusk einen weitreichenden Vorschlag unterbreitet: London soll Sozialleistungen für EU-Ausländer kürzen dürfen.

EU-Ratspräsident Donald Tusk hat ein Reformpaket vorgelegt, um einen Austritt Großbritanniens aus der Europäischen Union zu verhindern. Dazu gehört eine „Notbremse“, die ein Beschränken von bestimmten Sozialleistungen für zugewanderte EU-Bürger erlauben soll, teilte Tusk in Brüssel mit. Die Regelung soll aber nur für Arbeitssuchende gelten, die neu nach Großbritannien kommen.

Tusk reagierte damit nach wochenlangen Verhandlungen offiziell auf Forderungen des britischen Premiers David Cameron nach Reformen in der EU. Der Konservative nannte die Vorschläge am Dienstag einen „echten Fortschritt“. Es sei aber „noch mehr Arbeit zu tun“, sagte Cameron. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Pure Blackmail – Cameron Should Leave!

Posted by hkarner - 1. Februar 2016

Date: 01-02-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON
Subject: Cameron’s Brexit Demands Create Fresh EU Dilemma

No one in Europe wants the U.K. to leave, but allowing the British leader to claim his win is scarcely less destabilizing, Simon Nixon writes

Cameron1British Prime Minister David Cameron

At some point this week, European Council President Donald Tusk is expected to send a letter to European Union leaders containing the outline of a possible deal with the U.K. over its demand for changes to its terms of EU membership. Although the reforms outlined are likely to be fairly small-scale and technocratic, the political significance of this moment is immense: What is decided in the coming weeks and days will have profound implications for the future of the EU.

In crunch talks in London on Sunday, Mr. Tusk and Prime Minister David Cameron said they failed to reach a draft agreement but would continue talks over the next 24 hours.

From the British perspective, the primary objective of Mr. Tusk’s letter—and any deal that follows from it—is clear: It needs to provide a ladder for Mr. Cameron and many of his colleagues to climb down after years of deriding Britain’s membership in the EU. Mr. Cameron has made it very clear that he will campaign to keep the U.K. in the EU ahead of a referendum that he must hold on the matter by the end of 2017, and the debate in his party and the country appears to be swinging decisively in his favor. Two opinion polls published last week gave the “remain” campaign an 18- and 19-point lead. A maximum of 50 out of 330 Conservative parliamentarians are now considered likely to support a “Brexit,” compared with recent expectations of up to 150. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Neville Cameron?

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

Photo of Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

JAN 18, 2016, Project Syndicate

LONDON – The European question is the grim reaper of British politics – dividing parties, debilitating governments, and destroying careers. But never before have the stakes surrounding the question been so high. Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum – perhaps as early as June – on the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the European Union could bring down his government, destroy his political party, and literally tear his country apart.

Cameron is doing all he can to renegotiate the terms of membership in order to persuade voters to choose to remain in the EU. But referendums are notoriously unpredictable. And there is no reason to believe that the storms of populism blowing across the continent will not make landfall in the UK. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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On the EU Question, the U.K.’s David Cameron Is Running Out of Quick Fixes

Posted by hkarner - 15. Dezember 2015

Date: 14-12-2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

The British leader may finally have to accept a confrontation with his party’s euroskeptics, Simon Nixon writes

Cameron1David Cameron has acquired a reputation as a politician who flies by the seat of his pants. In U.K. political circles, the joke is that he is an “essay crisis” prime minister who—like a disorganized student—leaves urgent tasks until the last minute. To his admirers in other European capitals, his ability to extricate himself from political holes often of his own digging marks him as a tactical genius, underlined by his surprise victory in this year’s general election.

But has Mr. Cameron’s luck run out? His practice of finding quick fixes to address the unintended consequences of the last quick fix may have reached the end of the road. A hasty promise made at a moment of political weakness last year to change European Union law to allow the U.K. to deny tax credits to workers from other EU countries until they had been working in Britain for four years has run into a wall. That is raising doubts about his ability to win a referendum to keep Britain in the EU that, in an earlier moment of political weakness, he promised to hold by the end of 2017. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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