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Dylan Jones’ new book Cameron on Cameron is a series of interviews with the Conservative leader. Yesterday we focused on highlights discussing the economy and taxation. Below are some highlights of Cameron’s responses relating to other politicians.

Camerononcameron_2 George Osborne: “If you look at the two of us, I think I probably have a more rural outlook on life, having been brought up in the country, and George is more metropolitan. But the differences are differences of emphasis. We have a genuinely shared view of what was wrong with the Conservative Party and what is wrong with the country and what we’d like to put right.”

Boris Johnson: “I knew him at school, so I remember this dishevelled, large, beefy rugby player… The fact that he speaks freely and openly is a great thing, because we’ve all got too controlled by fear of saying something politically incorrect, or whatever. And Boris has no fear about that.”

Past Conservative Prime Ministers: “The Conservative Party’s brilliance over centuries has been to change to reflect society. Disraeli understood the conservatism of the suburbs, Peel understand that there was a growing urban population and we had to repeal the corn laws, Salisbury understood the importance of patriotism, Churchill understood the importance of home ownership, Mrs Thatcher understood the importance of giving trade unions back to their members. It’s always been about change.”

Margaret Thatcher: “If you grew up under Thatcher, you either thought she was doing the wrong thing or she was doing the right thing and I thought she was doing the right thing… Just as Thatcher said own your council house, so we should be saying have more choice over the school your kids go to or the hospital you get treated at, or own shares in the firm you work for… I’m going to be as radical a social reformer as Mrs Thatcher was an economic reformer, and radical social reform is what this country needs right now.”

Iain Duncan Smith: “I voted for him in the membership ballot, although Samantha favoured Clarke. No one really knew much about him really, and, as you say, it wasn’t a very happy period, we weren’t making any headway. However, Iain was making very strong points about social breakdown, which is something he’s been working on every since and is doing work on that now for us – it’s right at the heart of our plans.”

Cameron_in_parliament Tony Blair: “Tony Blair was a great campaigner, he was a great party leader, but he didn’t really know what he wanted to change in health, in education, in crime, in policing, when he first came in. By the end he was beginning to get an idea, but when he first came in I don’t think he had a clue… What matters is that the things you do in the short term don’t undermine what you have planned for the long term. And I think that was Blair’s great failing.”

George W. Bush: “He has thought about some of the most important issues of our time and has a very intelligent and conviction-driven view of them… I think if you look at what he’s done in terms of AIDS in Africa it is truly remarkable… I remember going to an AIDS clinic where every last drug had been paid for by the US because of Bush’s initiative… Bush has been a disaster on the environment.”

John McCain: “I’m a huge fan of John McCain and think he would make a great President…”

Barack Obama: “[T]here is a lot more substance in what he says, in the answers he gives to questions, than perhaps the media give him credit for… I thought it was a terrific speech [denouncing Rev. Wright], but I suppose he didn’t do enough, with respect to the pastor, to distance himself.”

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