The short answer is, well, no, he hasn’t.
David Cameron seems to have succeeded in convincing the country that he is, at least, not as unlike most modern Britons as his predecessors were perceived to be. And that’s it. Standing knee-deep in the rubble of what seems to be terminal public disillusionment with Labour, the sum total of what he has accomplished is to make himself appear personable and engaging. ~Janet Daley, The Daily Telegraph
A more withering indictment of Cameron’s superficial and ridiculous approach to politics follows:
Mr Cameron presents himself as, at best, an amiable nonentity, at worst, a charlatan. Of course, the electorate wants its political leaders to be attractive people, but that attractiveness needs to be contingent on character, principle, political identity – on something that suggests that this is more than just a pretty face. I take the point that the Tories had to stop being hated – but not positively loathing somebody does not equal wanting them to be prime minister.
Not to dwell on these things too much, but I would like to note that I called Cameron’s Bush-like triviality and New Labour-like superficiality a mile off. In the second of those posts I made this observation about the general trend of trying to become a “modern” Conservative Party, which applies with special force to Mr. Cameron’s Conservatives:
The ‘modernising’ gamble, always on the cusp with the ridiculous Michael Portillo and the elephantine Ken Clarke, will have failed them, just as all such ruses fail because they are superficial and empty.