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Prime Minister David Cameron's Diwali reception at No 10 Downing Street

Kanwal Toor pays tribute to David Cameron, a real Hero of Modern Britain

Prime Minister David Cameron's Diwali reception at No 10 Downing Street
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Diwali reception at No 10 Downing Street

Another trip to Westminster. This time to meet the wonderful W2W (Women to Win) team. They do some wonderful work in pushing women candidates through the doors in the wild world of Westminster politics. As I sit comfortably on the train from home (Beaconsfield) to London, my mind goes into overdrive. Almost obliged to pay a tribute to the man who started my journey in politics – Mr Cameron.

The end of an era or shall I say a golden era. I recollect seeing the dapper politician for the first time at around the time of the General Election last year on a news channel. With a two year old at home and a eight year old struggling to settle into a new school, politics and DC was the last thing on my mind – or at least till that evening – when after the kids were to put to bed, in between flicking through TV channels, I caught a glimpse of a certain handsome man talking about fiscal deficits and balancing budgets. Now for any woman past a certain age, this was impressive.

Modi and Cameron at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, outside the UK Parliament, in Westminster, London
Modi and Cameron at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, outside the UK Parliament, in Westminster, London

I am unclear why politics is a playground for people we sometimes hardly associate with – maverick, Oxford, Eton etc etc (thankfully the landscape seems to be changing now). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to say that a privileged upbringing makes a person less able for politics but by no means should it be the highlight of your CV.

Having said that, Mr Cameron was all of the above – Oxford, Eton, privileged – but minus the stiffness that sometimes comes with this. Voila, that’s the connect with the normal Joe on the street, with you and me. Clever yet down to earth, powerful yet endearing, Etonian yet one of us. That is David Cameron. With him as my example, I was inspired that politics would be something I’d want to be involved with.

Mr Cameron – I and thousands of others would like to thank you today for the precedence you have set. That politics is for all – for the ones who dream and dare. I dreamt and dared and followed your direction, and here I am on my path to contributing to my community “with a certain style” just the way you did. “With gumption & determination” just the way you did. And I am proud to say you are my HERO and British Politics will never be the same without you!

British Prime Minister David Cameron at Asian Lite office in Manchester. Photo Arun Jacob Thomas
British Prime Minister David Cameron at Asian Lite office in Manchester. Photo Arun Jacob Thomas