DAVID CAMERON wanted to send his ministers on a “very, very dangerous” rafting trip when he was annoyed with them, the ex-PM joked today.
The former Tory leader also warned Theresa May she must put forward a “more inspiring vision” or risk being crushed by Jeremy Corbyn.
And Mr Cameron insisted he was not tempted to “run back on the pitch and give the ball a kick” by getting involved in politics again.
The ex-Prime Minister gave his first post-election interview to the Evening Standard, which is edited by his old friend George Osborne.
He recently launched the National Citizen Service to promote volunteer work and outdoor activities for young people.
Asked if he would have recommended the scheme to any Cabinet colleagues, Mr Cameron replied: “If it involved crossing a very, very dangerous river on a raft, I can think of a few I’d want to strap together.”
He insisted that the Tories can only beat Mr Corbyn’s Labour by competing to push a positive vision of social change.
Mr Cameron said: “We on the centre-right side of the argument have to have just as inspiring a vision – a more inspiring vision – of how you build not just a strong economy but a strong society and a better life.”
He said that his success as Conservative leader had been built on an agenda which focussed away from economics and towards broader issues.
Mrs May’s failure to win a majority was widely blamed on her negative campaign, which emphasised the dangers of Labour policies but did not put forward positive alternatives.
Polls suggest Mr Corbyn still has the upper hand – a survey today put Labour five points ahead of the Tories, on course to dethrone them as the largest party in Parliament.
Mr Cameron told the Standard he was planning to stay out of politics following his departure from Number 10 and then stepping down as an MP.
He said: “When you leave office you sort of know you can’t run back on the pitch and give the ball a kick.
“Well, you can but it’s not a sensible thing to do. You watch it, you are fascinated by it but you have to get on with other bits of your life.”
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The former PM also promised his memoir – which he is writing in a £25,000 garden shed – will be “a rip-roaring read”.
Despite his warnings about staying out of politics, Mr Cameron has given several lucrative speeches in which he has argued for a softer Brexit than planned by Mrs May.
Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4035765/david-cameron-admits-he-wanted-to-send-disobedient-ministers-on-dangerous-rafting-trips-as-he-warns-theresa-may-to-be-more-positive/