Farron reacts to David Cameron’s resignation

Tim Farron has said that this “self-inflicted wound” will be David Cameron’s legacy as he commented on the Prime Minister’s resignation.

12 months ago David Cameron had the best result of his career. Today, the worst.

I was honoured to share a platform with the Prime Minster on this campaign, but this result, this self-inflicted wound, will be his legacy.

There have been many things I did not agree with the Prime Minister on, but I must thank him for his stewardship of the country and for the way he took the very bold decision to create a Coalition Government in 2010. It was an incredible act of bi-partisan cooperation.

The result of the referendum has left him with no choice. In this immediate period, the Government must act quickly to steady the economy, reassure the markets, and immediately set a new course.

Greater instability will lead to job uncertainty, falling investment, and greater pressure on public services.

There is no doubt this is going to be an incredibly testing, difficult and fractious time.

David Cameron has become the latest Conservative leader to fall victim to his party’s dangerous obsession with Europe. The Conservative’s political maneuvering has taken our country to the brink, and today we have toppled over the edge.

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  • Eddie Sammon 24th Jun '16 - 10:23am

    This is a good statement – gracious to Cameron for trying to keep us in, but not too gracious that everyone thinks the Lib Dems are Tories.

    I’ll pay tributes to Cameron later, but I’ve said enough for now.

  • It’s tragic. It all goes downhill from here!

  • And not too fanciful to think the legacy could also be the dismantling of the EU itself

  • Gwyn Williams 24th Jun '16 - 12:45pm

    Cameron was a successful Coalition Prime Minister for 5 years but within 14 months of a Conservative majority he has become the worst PM since Chamberlain.

  • @Gwyn Williams – I can’t help but think that the LibDems with their internal issues of identity and ‘sovereignty’, helped bring this about by refusing to entertain a second term of Coalition government. As I said before the electorate liked the Coalition, however, there was no box on the ballot paper for it; without a box on the ballot paper the Conservatives were free to contest all seats, including those with sitting LibDem MP’s and the rest is history.

  • Rightsaidfredfan 24th Jun '16 - 1:24pm

    @Simon Shaw.

    I think you’re going to be wrong again Simon.

    If we had an independence vote in Scotland I think the nationalist would do worse, not better, than last time.

    This time there would be no claims that oil and gas would make up the deficit between spending or that our currency would be the pound sterling. Scotland as a nation in the EU would have to join the Euro.

    Cameron’s legacy is one of a true democrat. He’s the PM who allowed the people to decide for themselves what kind of country they wanted to live in and accepted their decision, as the coalition should have. Ironically enough I think if the coalition had held this referendum five years ago remain would have won.

  • Mick Taylor 24th Jun '16 - 8:40pm

    rightsaidfredfan. I suspect it is you who will be wrong. If a fresh referendum was held in Scotland (and I am as near certain as I can be that it will) on the prospectus of staying in the UK or remaining in the EU that independence in the EU would win hands down. Since the euro may by then be on a par with the pound joining it will not be a problem. I also suspect that the EU would try its best to accommodate Scotland if only to stick two fingers up to England.
    The far more intriguing question is Northern Ireland. For the first time since WW1 there is the prospect that the six counties would actually be better off uniting with Eire than staying in the UK. Now of course hard line protestants would be against, but there is now a more than evens chance that a referendum would vote for a united Ireland. The ultimate irony that a Conservative and Unionist Prime Minister what Gladstone and Asquiths Liberal failed to produce.

  • Nick Collins 24th Jun '16 - 9:08pm

    The coalition was an unmitigated disaster, It paved the way for the current government, led by a child who chose to play with fire. I was going to say that Cameron can now take his place in history as the worst Prime Minister since Anthony Eden, but I’ll go along with Gwynn Williams’ longer view.

  • Richard Underhill 25th May '19 - 10:51am

    “Tory MP BoJo attended Eton with David Cameron where they were both members of the infamous Bullingdon Club.”
    David Cameron (former PM) should be credited for keeping B. Johnson under control.
    It is not widely understood that people who live in the former Home Counties do not like to recognise that their posh addresses in Surrey etc are now in Greater London. Ask them whether they voted in the elections for the London Mayor and they mostly do not know that they could. Although they disliked Ken Livingstone they did not know that they could vote against him. Tony Blair also disliked Ken Livingstone, who had stood against an official Labour candidate, a Londoner, and won. ‘Red Ken’ was expelled from the Labour Party, but re-admitted when he came up for re-election. What BoJo did was to turn out these Tory voters.
    He then wanted to be in the cabinet, but was admitted only to the political cabinet, a party role.
    Putting it politely he was a “good delegator”. He had numerous deputy mayors, non-political public servants, doing the administrative functions, but when asked, even by Tory members of the Greater London Assembly, at Mayor’s Question Time, he did not know, or did not choose to answer on issues outside his ideology.
    He did waste London’s money on water cannon.
    He supported a scheme for a new London airport which would involve the closure of Heathrow, which is near his new constituency of Uxbridge.
    Theresa May appointed him as Foreign Secretary. Perhaps she wanted to blame him (and former leadership candidate David Davis) if Brexit became a failure. They both resigned at the first opportunity (Chequers).
    Liberal Democrats should keep clear of Labour while Jeremy Corbyn is their leader. Labour has several more electable alternatives. Having refused to form a coalition with the bossy Gordon Brown (“from Stalin to Mister Bean”, “knackered”) we should not be afraid to say what we think about Corbyn.

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