Cameron back to politics?

The former prime minister wants a return to frontline politics

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Why does David Cameron want to get back into politics?

By Joe Harker

Former prime minister David Cameron, who called and lost a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU resulting in his resignation and climbdown from frontline politics, is reportedly "bored sh-tless" of sitting in a shed writing his memoirs and wants to get back into the House of Commons. Nothing fancy, just something low key like foreign secretary.

The reports claimed that he would be willing to answer the call if a Tory prime minister felt they needed his help, though many in the UK are wondering what sort of mess you'd have to be in to think David Cameron was the man to call upon. Many MPs are less than impressed with the suggestion that the former prime minister could dust off his blue tie and return to the House of Commons.

The Times reports there is a "kernel of truth" in the idea that he wants to be back in the limelight. Many from his coalition government have since got new jobs to keep themselves occupied and in the headlines, the public has heard nary a peep from Cameron since he resigned. Perhaps he thinks the time is right to start getting back into public life.

Sean O'Grady of The Independent writes that British politics has had quite enough of Cameron's "complacent, entitled type" and should not welcome him back into the fold. Calling him the "worst prime minister since Neville Chamberlain", O'Grady accuses Cameron of being completely unfit for a cabinet position, let alone foreign secretary.

To many he is a symbol of entitlement that pervades British politics, going for the top jobs because they believe it is their right to have them. His record as prime minister is a divided country with more homeless, higher food bank usage and four million children in poverty. What exactly has he done to deserve a return?

The Scotsman's Euan McColm argues that Cameron is still possessed with "delusions of grandeur" and asks what the former prime minister was expecting the reaction to be. This is the politician that left a nation more divided than ever and eschewed all responsibility for the situation.

Many would have expected that he would step down as prime minister having lost the referendum, but to disappear almost completely for two years has lead many to think he has left the rest of the country to clean up a mess he made.

On the other hand, GQ suggests Cameron would actually be quite good as foreign secretary, though also argues he shouldn't make a return to politics due to his past record. He is the prime minister who called a referendum, lost and resigned in short order. That should count for something when considering an attempt to get back into politics.

Even if he does come back, Tom Harris of the Daily Telegraph suggests he could actually provide an experienced voice, be an adult among the squabbling children that now act as a government.

PoliticsHome reports that Cameron has told friends he really doesn't want to get back into politics. The backlash against the suggestion of him returning to politics has been huge and it may be best for everyone, Cameron included, if he stays in his shed and gets on with writing books about himself.

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