Monitoring the Situation, From the Beach

As his first foreign policy adventure peaked, David Cameron travelled through the night from Cornwall to be by the big red phone in Downing Street. After the debacle of the Prime Minister being in Rome as his own country burned a few weeks ago, Dave clearly wasn’t taking any chances. There was even a chance to bask in a little glory…

But now twenty-four hours later Cameron has left Clegg in charge to chair the Libya meetings while he returns on holiday to Cornwall. Nobody is doubting that our leaders should have some time off, but this is Dave’s fifth holiday in just a year. At the weekend Guido wrote about the growing prospect of One Term Tories. At the climax of a revolution that you helped cement, swanning off to Chelsea-on-Sea hardly looks like commitment from a fighting leader…




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