In 2017, Mr Portillo made a speech at a Futurebuild event in which he was asked what his advice would be to David Cameron following his exit from Number 10. Mr Portillo slammed his fellow Conservative, accusing him of being one of many prime ministers to treat the House of Commons as a “public convenience”. He said: “He should have stayed in the House of Commons. I don’t like prime ministers who use the House of Commons like a public convenience. “They pop in for a while, they become prime minister then as soon as they’ve used the place they leave it. Tony Blair was the same.” Mr Cameron released his memoirs last week, in which he explained the thinking behind his decisions as Prime Minister.
He admitted that he underestimated the rows that would engulf the country as a result of the EU referendum in 2016, and that it was called, in his view, at the wrong time.
However he did not say it was the wrong decision despite its devastating effect on his career.
His premiership is remembered by most as a humiliation at its conclusion, but Michael Portillo had damning words for the former Prime Minister regarding his entire six years at the helm.
Mr Portillo went on lauding Winston Churchill as the ideal Prime Minister, due to his long career in the Commons after leaving Downing Street.
He continued: “For heaven’s sake we ought to have prime ministers like Winston Churchill, who remained in the Commons for decades after being PM, giving us the benefit of his experience.
“It is too late for my advice, he [Cameron] should have stayed in the House of Commons like George Osborne did.”
Mr Cameron attracted fresh criticism last week after he revealed a shocking story involving the Queen in regard to Scottish independence.
He confessed to asking Her Majesty for help.
He said what was discussed was not “anything that would be in any way improper… but just a raising of the eyebrow even… a quarter of an inch”.
The Queen went on to say to the Scottish people that they should “think very carefully” ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014, a phrase being analysed for its warning-like tone.
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It was reported that this revelation from Mr Cameron left those in Buckingham Palace less than pleased.
Cameron was not the only Prime Minister Mr Portillo dismantled.
He also criticised Theresa May, claiming she was nothing like Margaret Thatcher because after the referendum the Maidenhead MP transitioned from Remainer to Brexiteer.
Mrs Thatcher campaigned for Britain to stay in the EEC during the 1975 referendum but was a Eurosceptic throughout her time as Prime Minister and was ultimately ousted by Europhile Tories.
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