Socialist Party placards against Cameron's cuts in 2015. Photo: London SP
Socialist Party placards against Cameron's cuts in 2015. Photo: London SP

Tom Porter Brown, Birmingham Central branch

With Suella Braverman out, former Prime Minister David Cameron making his way back into the Tory cabinet certainly took people by surprise, illustrating the dire situation the Tories find themselves in. They limp from crisis to crisis, now forced to call upon a man from a more ‘stable’ era of British politics.

But of course David Cameron did not run a stable Britain. It was his actions that paved the way for the dire state the working class is in today, with a cost-of-living crisis and ongoing cuts. He became Prime Minister off the back of the 2008 financial crisis, which gave Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, backed by their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, the opportunity to implement swingeing austerity.

Over 800 libraries shut as councils passed on Cameron’s cuts

This saw huge losses of jobs in the public sector, as funding to councils was slashed. Many turned to the private sector, meaning services began to be run for profit. Working-class people suffered the worst as services they depended on were slashed to the bone under the guise of ‘reviving the economy’, a situation which has only worsened in the decade since.

14% cut in real-terms spending on public services between 2010 and 2020

Like his successors, Cameron’s solutions to the housing crisis were impractical and out-of-touch, including the hated bedroom tax which Socialist Party members fought against. In 2015 he prided himself as being determined to get homes built but was unwilling to address the actual issue – affordability.

But his biggest failing, from the bosses’ point of view, was the disastrous EU referendum, the result of which sped up the slow-motion splintering of the Tories.

After the result, Cameron resigned as Prime Minister, he now returns to government after years feathering his nest lobbying for big business.