Ian Collins is Leading Britain's Conversation.
Following today’s damning verdict on David Cameron’s intervention in Libya, James suggests that the speed with which his political career has unravelled is unprecedented.
A cross-party committee delivered a scathing verdict of the action David Cameron took in Libya, calling it “opportunist” and based on an “incomplete understanding” and inadequate intelligence about the situation inside the country.
This comes two days after the former PM resigned as an MP and effectively left politics. And there were few, other than his loyalest supporters, offering praise for his time at the top.
James O’Brien suggested that no one in British politics has seen their career and reputation unravel so rapidly.
“It's a review of a Cameron book and the headline I think has got "Hero to Zero" on it.
“To go so quickly, to see your political reputation unravel so quickly is unprecedented, isn't it? Even Tony Blair retains many admirers and saw his reputation decline over a very long period of time not over a matter of days.”
The committee on Libya placed the responsibility for Britain’s intervention in the area squarely on the shoulders of David Cameron, and lay some of the blame for the spiralling political and humanitarian problems in north Africa on his decision to launch airstrikes that helped oust Colonel Mummer Gaddafi.