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What the media expected was for Cameron to go to Brussels and give them a Thatcher-esque handbagging. When Cameron emerged from the meeting conspicuously lacking Angela Merkel's head on a plate, the obvious tabloid interpretation was that he'd failed.
Farage seized his opportunity to shout into every microphone he could see (and there were many) that Europe could not be negotiated with. Given the expectations he'd already set up, by the time Cameron got near a microphone, he was already a loser.
Cameron's problem was that, although he was Prime Minister, he was really only playing one on TV. He had no political intelligence, no low cunning. He should never have fallen into making himself hostage to an impossible bargain in the cheap way that he did.In this he was consistently outplayed by flyweights like Boris and Gove. But, given his Eton and Oxford background he thought he'd be good at poltics because he was privileged and entitled and so deserved it. The idea that it had to be worked for and worked at simply never occured to him.
The moment he encountered a difficulty, he resigned. It would have been better for everybody if he'd retired to the library with a good cigar, a bottle of whisky and a revolver. Indeed he could have done that in 2010 for the betterment of us all. But we aren't so blessed with men of principle nowadays. Just over-promoted chancers
keep to the Fen Causeway
In my latter years as a senior manager in Diageo the management culture had effectively changed from Irish and Scottish to English dominated. Managers who had spent decades working for what they believed to be the best interests of the company were dismissed as dead wood to be replaced by English "young turks" good at PowerPoint presentations but little else.
What had been a production and quality dominated management ethos become dominated by a marketing ethos where facts mattered little and we started selling "consumer experiences" rather than quality drinks - perhaps best exemplified by the alcopops boom.
IT systems which had a demonstrated track record of delivering huge benefits in a production environment where replaced by "vapourware" which operated only on powerpoint - at a cost of millions. I finally resigned on principle after one such episode although there were also personal factors driving my decision.
But it left me with an abiding impression of a UK management culture dominated by the marketing of simplistic illusions rather than the complexities of making sophisticated products or managing complex processes.
Cameron always struck me as the epitome of that genre: probably a nice enough bloke, personable and charming if he wanted to be, and with an ability to sell oil to the Arabs. But don't ever put him in charge of a complex negotiation or governmental reform.
And yet compared to the current lot, he was probably an intellectual giant!
Index of Frank's Diaries
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