David Cameron shocked the nation upon winning the first general election I was old enough to vote in, at 18, in 2010. His tenure as prime minister has cast a shadow on the country ever since. Responsible for austerity measures that decimated public services, leading to a surge in child poverty and food-bank use, he also sparked a decline in the National Health Service by underfunding it. The Brexit referendum, which he called to settle the debate on European Union membership, produced a result that, for many, was disappointing. After stepping down in 2016, rumors of Cameron’s return to front-line politics came about in November 2018 but never materialized. Following this, his attempt at image rehabilitation by releasing a self-serving memoir in 2019 was poorly received.
The recent news of Cameron being appointed as the new foreign secretary of the U.K. came as a sudden surprise. This move has sparked negative reactions due to his past controversies and actions since retiring from politics. His advisory role at a financial services company, in which he lobbied senior ministers for emergency COVID loans, and rumors about his personal life have not been received well. There is speculation that his appointment is a political move to potentially help the Tories win a general election within the next year, as recent polling shows record low approval ratings for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The news also highlights a loophole in the U.K.’s democratic system and raises questions about the country’s political stability.
Cameron’s appointment indicates the state of politics in the country, as he has the potential to influence the outcome of future elections. He symbolizes a sense of stability and reliability, important qualities the Conservative party seeks to convey. However, his return has also brought about concerns and criticism from various groups of voters. It remains to be seen what impact his appointment will have on the political landscape of the U.K.