Paxman: I thought Cameron was the worst PM - but his successors have lowered the bar further

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:00 27 August 2019

David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman (right). Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman (right). Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

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Jeremy Paxman said he once believed David Cameron was the worst British prime minister - but the standard of prime ministers continues to fall.

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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.

"Then he was succeeded by that cornucopia of failure, Theresa May.

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"Now we find ourselves required to entrust the country to a man you wouldn't trust alone with your sister."

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.

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