David Cameron said in today’s BBC programme The Cameron Years that he never had enough time as Prime Minister to make decisions but plenty of time to think about them after his period as Prime Minister.
“I do brood hugely, and the truth is, as Prime Minister you don’t have enough time, sometimes, to think, and when you stop being Prime Minister, believe me, you have plenty of time to think.”David Cameron
This is the argument for more mature politicians and certainly Prime Ministers who have lived long enough to reflect upon important questions in life before they must make decisions. This is what training is for and why experience is so important. This is the same David Cameron who thought Britain was a junior partner to America in 1940, one of many hapless opinions and decisions he made.
Additionally, in the discussions around the recent publication of his memoirs, David Cameron has shown yet again that he is not and was not ‘a safe pair of hands’. Not only had he told the former mayor of New York that the Queen “purred down the line” after the Scottish Independence Referendum result, but today he revealed details of discussions between him and the Queen – a topic that is ‘off-limits’.
Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland at the time, said that it was astonishing that David Cameron asked the Queen to become involved, and “even more astonishing to reveal it”.
However, it does not alter the truth of Cameron’s observation nor its importance. People will have eternity to reflect upon the decisions they make in this life. Richard Dawkins finds this scary, and no wonder when he has made no preparation to meet his Maker.
This is why Christianity sets such store upon Christian education for the young, teaching them critical thinking and to learn wisdom from the wise, which is usually to be found in an older generation than one’s peer group.
20 Sep 2019: the current state of media and opinion-forming.
4 Oct 2019: Jonathan Bartley, the co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, announced at their autumn conference that they wish to allow 16 year-olds to become Members of Parliament. He tried to announce it with aplomb and drama, but it went down like a lead balloon if the absence of applause is anything to go by.
5 Feb 2020: John Bercow confesses that during his first four years in the House of Commons he followed the lead of others until he began to think for himself. This is probably quite common among the input of young politicians.