Politics Society host David Cameron
On Thursday 13 February, the Politics Society at CLS were privileged to welcome former Prime Minister David Cameron. Alongside the boys from CLS, it was a pleasure to host pupils from a range of the City Family of Schools, including City of London School for Girls, City of London Freemans School, City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park and City of London Academy, Islington. Mr Cameron gave a brief talk to the pupils then allowed 50 minutes for a question and answer session.
Mr Cameron started by detailing five specific challenges that came with the role of being Prime Minister. These included the unpredictable nature of the job and the sheer workload involved. He went to great lengths to praise the Civil Service for all that they do to support the government in tackling these challenges. The floor was then opened to questions and Mr Cameron was given a broad range of topics to address, including the Scottish referendum, the role of the monarchy, the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, anti-corruption and the role of governance, and immigration, to name a few. In answering all of the probing questions he faced, Mr Cameron drew evocatively on his time in office to colour his responses. The audience most definitely appreciated his honesty and willingness to admit that with hindsight he might have done some things differently – as well as the touch of humour Mr Cameron added to some of his answers, making the entire Q&A session memorable.
The event was hugely enjoyed by all of those who attended, reflected in the animated conversations that ensued after Mr Cameron’s departure. On behalf of all the schools represented, CLS would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr Cameron for giving up his time to visit and to providing such an illuminating insight into contemporary politics.
The floor was opened to questions and Mr Cameron was given a broad range of topics to address.