David Cameron brutally rejected as NATO chief by Express readers
Brits have resoundingly shot down the idea that David Cameron should be the next NATO boss in a Daily Express poll. Jens Stoltenberg will, next October, be stepping down as secretary general of the international military alliance, leaving a space open for the job – which Lord Cameron, it is rumoured, has his eyes on.
But asked whether this would be a good idea, 1,600 Express readers resoundingly shot down the idea. A whopping 1,312 – 82 percent – of those who responded said they didn’t believe the former Prime Minister, now Foreign Secretary, should be given the role. Just 226, or 14 percent, said yes, while four percent said they didn’t know.
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Rumours that Lord Cameron may have his eyes on the prize come after his surprise appointment to the role of Foreign Secretary in a reshuffle by Rishi Sunak. With a general election on the horizon, some have suggested the role may be being used by the former PM to swell his contact book and get his name back on everyone’s minds.
Someone who had worked closely with him told the New Statesman: “Dave will have demanded a cast-iron guarantee he has a year not just six months to refresh his contacts book.”
Another source, a former defence minister, told the outlet that Lord Cameron is using the job to position himself as Mr Stoltenberg’s successor to NATO.
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Mr Stoltenberg has been in the role for 10 years. While he started preparing to step down in 2021, he has repeatedly been asked to stay longer – primarily “because NATO members have been unable to agree on a successor”, Eliot Wilson wrote for the Daily Express.
Lord Cameron even mentioned the job in response to a question from Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, secretary general from 1999 to 2003.
He said the Labour peer had been “incredibly effective” and “did fantastic work”, and showed he had the measure of Vladimir Putin, which could have been a subtle way of expressing his own interest in the role.
Lord Cameron is known for his skill in diplomacy and extensive experience. However, questions have been raised over why he would want the job or what his intentions would be for it.
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