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This afternoon.

David Cameron announces that Theresa May will become Britain’s new Prime Minister on Wednesday.


Alex Campbell tweetz:

David Cameron humming to himself and saying “right…good” after announcing he’ll step aside on Wednesday.

Cameron will resign on Wednesday, handing the keys to No 10 to May – Politics live (The Guardian)

Previously: I Want To Spend More Time With My Family


UK Prime Minister David Cameron

All of this posh-boy behaviour is mostly cringeworthy rather than threatening. But its function is crucial: where power is concentrated and passed between fathers and sons, the sexual humiliation of initiation serves as a rite of passage into the most exclusive club in society, the ruling class.

Class is just as crucial as sex and power. Cameron, after all, was also a member of the Bullingdon Club, a dining society notorious for nights out that ended in the violent destruction of restaurants and bars. Humiliating the “oiks” was their goal, demonstrating to the unsuspecting barmaid, customer, or restaurant-owner their weakness before the savagery of wealth and privilege. “What it basically involved was getting drunk and standing on restaurant tables, shouting about ‘f***ng plebs’”, one Tory MP who left the Bullingdon Club remembers. “It was all about despising poor people.”

Sex and violence, class and power, bonding rituals help to unite these disparate features of inequality into (literally) naked displays of ruling class anarchism. Members of the club share a common humiliation; members of the public share a double humiliation by being reminded we are all pigs’ heads, props to be used and abused in the formalities of passing power from one generation of inherited rulers to another.

The tragedy of British democracy is that we’re so immune to scandal that this revelation will probably prove, in the long run, relatively harmless to Cameron. After all, we have former prime ministers who seem to have been complicit in covering up paedophilia, and another who allegedly engaged directly in this far more serious act. Put in that context, Cameron’s poke-in-a-pig becomes something of a bad-taste joke.

Cameron’s unnatural union with a dead pig’s mouth tells us much about him (Cat Boyd, The National)

And thus part of the reason why the British are so ready to believe Lord Ashcroft’s story, aside from the fact that Ashcroft is a top-tier Establishment figure in a country with absurdly plaintiff-friendly libel laws, is that Cameron’s ideological training is already well understood by the public. There is nothing likable about such a background, particularly when the ruling class it produces is waging a war on the poor and disabled that would have made Thatcher blush.

So to then hear that the guy at the top of that pyramid was peer-pressured into putting his dick in a pig’s mouth or risk not being included in a club of nasty, entitled people, it creates a much more satisfying reaction than mere laughter. A figure of terror becomes a figure of ridicule, a reversal like the boggarts in Harry Potter, who impersonate your worst nightmares until you can cast a spell on them that makes them look absurd.

What The British Are Really Laughing At (TheLeveller)

Thanks Zeroy


The jubilation among bankers and some companies will be tempered by worries about Cameron’s promise to hold a referendum on the EU in 2017, with some companies fearing it will damage trade with Europe and hinder foreign investment in Britain.

“The EU referendum is the event that creates a massive degree of uncertainty,” said Charles Allen, a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.

The success of the Scottish National Party, which made huge gains against Labour, will make companies in Scotland think again about whether they need to shift their headquarters to England, Allen said.

Retail companies are also expected to be winners from a Cameron victory, after Miliband promised to increase the minimum wage and scrap so-called “zero-hour” work contracts.

Banks And Businesses Welcome Cameron Win Despite Euro Fears (Bloomberg)

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