“Leaving politics has made me a better father and a better husband,” former Prime Minister David Cameron admitted this summer to The Telegraph, from his summer retreat with Samantha and their three children in Cornwall. To his closest friends, however, he had acknowledged his intimate desires to return to politics one day. The echo must have reached Sunak himself and his unspeakable dream ultimately became an unexpected birthday gift (he celebrated his 57th birthday last October 9).
Gone are these seven years lived peacefully in limbo, since that suspicious chant (“Do-do-dodooo”) with which he provided the soundtrack to his resignation in July 2016, after having miserably lost the referendum of the EU (52% compared to 48%) and having paved the way to the most turbulent era in the recent history of the United Kingdom with four successive “premiers” (Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak).
Oblivious to the endless political crisis unleashed by Brexit, Cameron dedicated himself like any other leader to living off the income from his years in power (2010-2016). His discreet career as a lecturer was in fact catapulted at the start of 2023 with his “signing” for the New York University team in Abu Dhabi, where he was invited to give a series of lectures curiously titled: “Doing politics in the era of disruption”…
About 140,000 euros per speech David Cameron has come to earn in his second life as a lecturer, less than half of what Boris Johnson now earns, another who is not satisfied with early retirement and continues to wage war in the rear (now as star presenter of GBNews and columnist of The Daily Mail).
Unlike Boris, Cameron tried not to make excessive noise after his departure, although his work in the shadows scandalously made the headlines with the bankruptcy of the firm Greensill Capitalwhich he came to advise and for whom he interceded for its inclusion in the Covid financial rescue programs (before the then Secretary of the Treasury Rishi Sunak).