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2019 Sep 14 - David Cameron's Book

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David Cameron left office a couple of years ago after resigning so what has he been up to? Well for one I saw that not too long ago the Chinese invited him to speak which only goes to show that it's hard to know who the British Prime Minister is these days if you decide to ban Google and Wikipedia. And it was china so it cost a few hundred grand because they don't like free speech. Anyway, in addition to scraping a living giving after dinner speeches he decided to do what most people do when they've been let go, namely writing a book. And unlike Dave who resigned as soon as things got a bit tricky, at least the book has a spine.

Wouldn't it have been good if the book had been a Tom Clancy style thriller, or perhaps something a bit more classical like when Churchill wrote A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. I read a summary review of what's in it (not a lot really) and most people would have probably rather he published his tax return, at least there might be an interesting plot twist nobody expected.

Whereas what we did get us an Alan Partridge rant about people he didn't like and how people didn't like him as much as they should have. The best part is where after 3 years of contemplation his best suggestion to the politics of the day is to rerun his referendum and hope that the people do as they're told this time around, with zero thought as to what to do if, as the polls suggest, it returns exactly the same answer. Sort of in the same way as when his publisher kept asking when the book was going to be finished and he kept saying "give me another 6 months"

The sad part really is that there's so many missed opportunities for utterly throwing people under the bus that we wanted to know about and he seems to polite to divulge. I'd have happily paid money to be able to read the excruciating detail about how he shamelessly manipulated Nick Clegg's naivety for his own personal gain before using him as a human shield. What about a Hunter S. Thompson inspired novel where an unnamed Chancellor of the Exchequer goes on a road trip to Vegas? And what about the Pig story, no word on that yet? Or does Dave not kiss and tell?
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2019 Jun 15 - Iran Oil Tanker Attack

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2019 Jun 08 - D-Day Commemorations

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2019 May 12 - Chinese Tariffs

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