Bagehot: Grounded for now | The Economist

English: Ed Miliband, British politician

English: Ed Miliband, British politician (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: David Cameron is a British politician...

English: David Cameron is a British politician, Leader of the Conservative Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a very shrewd analysis of the current state of UK political leadership following the Syria vote in the UK Parliament. This is a MUST READ in my view. Check it out!

Bagehot: Grounded for now | The Economist.

Bagehot rightly questions David Cameron‘s leadership style, calling it “Tally Ho ” and based on  “blithe overconfidence”. Bagehot also astutely points out that David Cameron needs to develop a more consensus building style of leadership to deal with coalition politics, greater dissent in Parliament and interestingly the growing influence of social media.

The article cites the mistakes made by David Cameron and critically looks at why his personal rating has not plummeted as a result of his defeat in Parliament.

Shrewdly, the article concludes that UK foreign policy will now be under the microscope by both allies and those who seek to take advantage of Britain. Next time, there will need to be a hard edge, with the UK’s military forces properly funded and ready for action, without dissent in the establishment.

Bagehot reserves its bitterest criticism for Ed Miliband, the Labour Party Leader, citing doubled dealing and incomprehensible argument in Parliament.

So on balance, people will remember that Ed Milband who stabbed his brother in the back is still not to be trusted, and David Cameron perhaps needs some counseling on coalition politics and leadership; perhaps David Cameron should invite Angela Merkel to Chequers for the weekend?

Any thoughts?

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