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David Cameron failed because he stuck to what he believed in

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David Cameron was always an open book. As prime minister he was talkative and straightforward. Many times, I am told, when there was a Downing Street meeting to discuss a leak inquiry there would be an embarrassed shuffle from the prime minister. “Actually,” he would say, “that might have been me – I was sitting next to So-and-so at dinner …”

That means there is little new in his memoir, For the Record – certainly not in the extracts published so far. He didn’t like the way Michael Gove and Boris Johnson fought the EU referendum campaign against him. He is proud of legislating for gay marriage. He thinks it was right to save the people of Benghazi from being massacred by Gaddafi.

He and his book are different from Tony Blair and his book. Blair concealed his inner workings, and so when he wrote so candidly about the layers of calculation by which he managed his political relationships, above all with Gordon Brown, it came as a revelation.

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With Cameron, though, it was all out in the open. The central........

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