I don't often claim powers of clairvoyance, but perhaps on this one occasion, I might be excused. Because now he's gone, and history will not be kind. Like Chamberlain at Munich, Eden at Suez, and Blair in Iraq, he made an error of judgement so monumental that it will overshadow everything else for as long as people remember his name.
I hate it that we have voted to leave the EU. It looks like national self harming - done because lots of people are angry for lots of reasons and the vote leave leaders channelled that anger by repeating things that even they probably didn't really believe. They did so without knowing what would happen if we left the EU - and they still don't know and they don't have a plan.
In October 2010 David Cameron set out his vision for the future at the Conservative Party Conference, explaining how the
I'm going to take a deep breath, count to ten, and try very hard to pretend that the people who are running the country are grown-ups. I'm going to resist all Shakespearian allusions and attempt to negotiate a path through the wreckage that now passes for the British political scene.
So - his leadership is just something else he is not going to deliver as promised to the leave campaign - along with many other promises on immigration and the certainty of a better future for the Country.
The EU referendum was promised and implemented by Cameron's Conservatives to address divisions in their Party because of pressure from UKIP. It was done so that the Tories could stay in power.
You are not wrong for holding a legitimately cultivated opinion, and you are not bad for saying so, or changing your mind. But together we must stop allowing a fear of offense to legitimise folly. As long as ignorance is bliss, the opposite is also true.
One nation Tories and the rump of the Lib Dems should all feel more comfortable with the next Labour leader than they do a Johnson-Farage axis at No.10. The centre should therefore proffer a single candidate prepared to make specific offers to such types outside the party. And they should act now.
In short, the eurocrats are scared of a fight. They're as unlike Hitler as you could get. But European pacifism is apparently not something that Messrs Cameron and Johnson want to hear about.
The EU has already been buffeted by the Eurozone and migration crises; one more major shock to the system could well mark the beginning of the end. In the words of David Cameron: 'Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt?' Like the prime minister, I would never be so rash as to make that assumption.