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    David Cameron and the referendum, check.Nick Clegg (deputy) and the coalition, check.Gordon Brown and the 10p tax band (others), check.Tony Blair, check.John Major, perhaps too grey.Mrs. T and the poll tax, check.That's enough, let's wait to see what happens to Mrs. M.
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    There's the old adage that all political careers end in failure...
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    Leader of one of the richest, most powerful nation in the world isn't an easy job.
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    There's a saying in politics that you can only lose votes in government and certainly since 1945 we see only 6 elections where the party in power has gained vote share (Cameron is one of them with 2015).

    Point being that if your around much longer than 5 years, you'll eventually do something that will miff people.
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    why not? he gambled and he lost. besides, most ex-PMs lost elections or resigned when the **** got too much, like Blair/evilman, Brown, Major, Thatcher. Only Wilson resigned due to illness (or a coup, if that is actually true...) but then it makes sense. washed up **** won't win elections.
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    Actually, the possibility of ex-PMs sticking around is more common than you'd think in the modern era, though only Harold Wilson managed to return to power after losing it. Attlee stayed on as leader of the opposition until 1955 after losing the 1951 election. While they all ended up gone within a year and a half of the election, Heath, Callaghan and Douglas-Home all expected and tried to stay on as party leaders after losing elections as PM (and indeed, Douglas-Home later served as Foreign Secretary).

    I expect the change in the last few decades has been due to the increasingly 'presidential' status of PMs rendering them too much of a presence to serve in a signigicant role after leaving power.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    There's a saying in politics that you can only lose votes in government and certainly since 1945 we see only 6 elections where the party in power has gained vote share (Cameron is one of them with 2015).

    Point being that if your around much longer than 5 years, you'll eventually do something that will miff people.
    I remember reading something a while back suggesting that any PM who wins a 100+ majority will most likely have completed more or less eveything they set out to do within 4-5 years of doing so, and will only really weaken from that point on.
 
 
 
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