These past few years have been a bumper period for connoisseurs of political failure. People liked to say that David Cameron was the worst prime minister in living memory but that’s become a tougher case to argue than it was just a year ago. While it is incontestable that Cameron’s career ended in abrupt and shattering failure, he had at least previously attempted to create and lead a refreshed conservatism capable of recognising and actually liking the country the Tory party aspired to govern. Nevertheless, Brexit still swamps everything else; it is the shadow Cameron and his legacy can never escape.

Brexit sank Theresa May too, although in her case the ship was sabotaged by her own party. There must be some Tory MPs who


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