David Cameron has been sold to the British electorate as a thoroughly modern politician, part Blair, part Thatcher, a one nation conservative with a soft spot for social democracy, the green movement, big and small business, youth, minorities, traditionalists, the armed forces and the old.
Has a politician ever been sold as so many things to so many people, at home in fashion magazines as he is at Party conferences?
But despite being told, arguably more, about Cameron the man than any other politician he remains vacuous, strangely unformed, a cipher for the real interests and forces he represents.
The Meaning of Cameron is an unmasking of the false politics Cameron embodies, and an examination of the face the mask has eaten into.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 114 pages
- Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/2010
- Category: Social & political philosophy
- ISBN: 9781846944567
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Review by Quickpint
I thought this book was good on the deconstruction of meritocracy, and in tracing Cameron's lineage back through New Labour, and in its stirring cri-de-couer for socialism. Also good on the lack of power, sovereignty and legitimacy that the state now suffers because of global financial markets. But it's only 88 pages long, and that is pretty scanty for such serious content. So this is more a little thought-provoker than anything else. Or perhaps put more accurately, an essay.