Paxman: I thought Cameron was the worst PM - but his successors have lowered the bar further
- Credit: PA Archive/PA Images
Jeremy Paxman said he once believed David Cameron was the worst British prime minister - but the standard of prime ministers continues to fall.
The former Newsnight presenter said Cameron was a failure for giving the United Kingdom a vote on EU membership, but said his predecessor Theresa May a "cornucopia of failure".
He also branded Boris Johnson someone "you wouldn't trust alone with your sister".
The feared interviewer said that the standard of prime ministers is going down, along with the calibre of MPs.
Writing in Radio Times he said: "I used to think that David Cameron was the worst prime minister in modern times.
You may also want to watch:
"Then he was succeeded by that cornucopia of failure, Theresa May.
"Now we find ourselves required to entrust the country to a man you wouldn't trust alone with your sister."
- 1 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 2 Boris Johnson 'plans to resign' in six months because he can't live on £150k salary
- 3 Government told to publish impact assessments for Boris Johnson's 'Narnia' deal with EU
- 4 Brexiteer admits 'Australia-style deal' term designed to 'pull wool over voters' eyes'
- 5 Remainers blamed for Boris Johnson's inability to secure Brexit deal
- 6 Theresa May brands Michael Gove's no-deal Brexit statement 'utter rubbish'
- 7 ERG MP says Boris Johnson should consider cutting ties with Church of England following Brexit row
- 8 Boris Johnson told to apologise for incompetence in delivering his 'oven-ready' Brexit deal
- 9 Labour MP calls Dan Wootton a 'complete and utter nutcase' following Covid-19 herd immunity comment
- 10 Leaked government dossier warns of army street patrols if second Covid-19 wave and no-deal Brexit hit UK at same time
Paxman has said much of the Brexit impasse is due to handing over powers from parliament, and there needs to be sweeping changes in order to tackle the mediocrity of the political class.
He has called for limited terms for MPs, and the need to have held a real job before entering parliament.
The writer and broadcaster has questioned the abilities of the current crop of MPs.
He said: "Have we ever had a worse bunch in parliament?
"There comes a point when the citizen begins to suspect that what's wrong with political life is not a matter of individual failure, but of some rot deep within the system."
Paxman has also called to parliament to ditch its dated traditions, and for sittings to take place somewhere "plugged in" to the nation.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.