In 2016, former British prime minister David Cameron, his physical and psychological health irreversibly broken by the United Kingdom's collapse, died of a cerebral aneurysm in a London hospital at the age of 50.
Cameron's passing marked the final blow to a Conservative Party that had been steadily disintegrating over the past year; there was nobody to rally the party in the face of the worst political crisis England had seen in centuries, and within a matter of months after Cameron's death the party itself was extinct.
In 2015, on this day former British prime minister David Cameron, his political career in ruins and his personal health beginning to deteriorate, resigned as head of England's Conservative Party.
In 2015, on this day James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and a major tycoon in his own right, announced he was putting together an investors' group to acquire a controlling stake in BBC1, which had been put up for sale a few weeks earlier in a desperate attempt to resolve a growing British government budget shortfall.
The news of Murdoch's bid sparked grave fears among BBC1 employees, whose salaries had already been severely cut by the outgoing Cameron administration and were likely to be slashed still further if the Murdoch group succeed in its efforts to take over the longtime flagship of the BBC network.
In 2015, on this day fearing for his life if he returned to Britain, entertainer and former Beatle Paul McCartney, who'd been touring continental Europe when David Cameron resigned as prime minister, went to the U.S. embassy in Madrid and requested political asylum in America for himself and his family.
That McCartney had considered such drastic action, much less actually gone through with it, was one of the clearest signs yet just how bad things had gotten in the swiftly and inexorably disintegrating United Kingdom. Indeed, even as McCartney was filing his asylum request dozens of London's top police officers had resigned their commissions in disgust over the sky-high crime rate in the British capital.
In 2015, on this day maverick leftist author Christopher Hitchens was shot and killed just hours after giving a CNN interview in which he lashed out at the British National Party for what he called "s***ing on Britain's grave".
The timing of the attack sparked rumors that the BNP had put a contract out on Hitchens; however, forensic evidence at the scene of the murder would later prompt police investigators to conclude that the crime had actually been commited by a Scottish left wing extremist who'd been enraged by a critique of the Scot independence movement Hitchens had published shortly before David Cameron's resignation as British prime minister.
In 2015, on this day the New York Stock Exchange opened down 820 points in reaction to the passage of the Scottish independence referendum.
In 2015, on this day Alex Salmond was officially inaugurated as the first president of the Scottish Republic.
In 2015, on this day the United Nations General Assembly convened an emergency session to debate the matter of who should replace the UK on the UN Security Council; that same day the new official Scottish Republic government website RepScot.gov.sco went online for the first time.
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In 2015, on this day the last remnants of what had been the British Army's Ulster contingent left Belfast.
In 2015, on this day after four days of intense and sometimes bitter debate, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution nominating India to assume the UN Security Council seat formerly held by the United Kingdom.
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In 2015, on this day India officially assumed the UN Security Council permanent seat formerly occupied by the United Kingdom
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In 2015, on this day Britain's last monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died of heart failure at Oxford University Hospital.
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In 2015, on this day Wales declared its independence.
In 2015, on this day the International Olympic Committee convened a special session to decide who should fill the IOC seat formerly held by the United Kingdom.
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In 2015, International Monetary Fund chairman and former British prime minister Gordon Brown issued a sobering report predicting "we may be only months if not weeks away from a second Great Depression" as a result of the global economic turmoil triggered by the UK's collapse.
In 2015, on this day Prince Charles of Wales, the former heir to the British throne, stunned the world by announcing he would abdicate his title to campaign for the premiership of the newly independent Welsh Republic.
In 2015, on this day the French government bought the Channel islands of Jersey and Guernsey from England.
In 2015, on this day Downing Street's fears about the neo-Peronista regime in Argentina were realized when the Argentine defense ministry announced it had successfully test-detonated a 12-kiloton nuclear device at a remote undisclosed location.
The test, portions of which were shown on Argentina's state-run TV network, sparked fears of a new global nuclear arms race and another Falklands War.
In 2015, on this day the United States began taking possession of the former United Kingdom's nuclear arsenal under the terms of a secret agreement made two years earlier between the Cameron government and the administration of President Mike Huckabee.
The pact was intended to keep British nuclear weapons from falling into the wrong hands if the UK collapsed.
In 2015, on this day art lovers around the world began a massive online protest campaign in response to plans by the English government to auction off most of the painting collection at London's National Gallery to reduce the national deficit the new English state had inherited from the defunct Cameron administration.
In 2015, on this day the London Times printed an editorial roundly condemning the English government's plans to auction the National Gallery's painting collection.
In 2015, on this day Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg was wounded in an assassination attempt during a party rally in Manchester.
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The would-be assassin, who subsequently fled to the US and spent three months in hiding before he was arrested in New York City on an unrelated charge, was a British National Party fanatic who blamed Clegg and other prominent left-wingers for the collapse of the United Kingdom.
In 2015, on this day the airline formerly known as British Airways merged with United Airlines of the US.
In 2015, on this day London's Imperial War Museum, running a deficit of over 200 million pounds sterling, closed its doors for good.
In 2015, on this day London was plunged into its worst blackout in nearly 70 years as the result of a transformer overload; the three-day-long power outage triggered citywide chaos that left 230 people dead and 68 million pound sterling worth of property damage in the English capital.
In 2015, on this day the London Times published its final edition. The demise of the great newspaper, which had been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy since 2012, was yet another sign of how badly things had deterioriated in the former United Kingdom on David Cameron's watch.
Most former Times staffers either found work at other newspapers or started other publications; the rest found it necessary to change professions.
In 2015, on this day London's Millennium Wheel, the controversial landmark which had opened in 1999 to mark the start of the 21st century, was sold to a Texas-based private firm in a bid to raise funds for the increasingly cash-strapped English government.
In 2015, on this day London was hit with its fifth municipal employees' strike in as many months as sanitation workers walked off the job to protest plans to privatize the city's trash collection service.
In 2015, on this day the former Prince of Wales, Charles Windsor, won election as first premier of the newly independent Welsh Republic.
In 2015, on this day Argentina's neo-Peronista regime conducted its first test launch of a nuclear ballistic missile.
In 2015, on this day the venerable insurance company Lloyd's of London went bankrupt.
In 2015, on this day Charles Windsor, the former Prince of Wales, was officially inaugurated as the first President of the Welsh Republic.
In 2015, on this day the former British Library, now known as the English National Library of London, was sold to a Swiss building management consortium.
In 2015, on this day Argentina's neo-Peronista dictatorship stunned the world by signing a nuclear technology development pact with North Korea.
Despite the two nations' starkly contrasting ideologies, they shared a mutual desire to further undermine England-- and by extension England's chief foreign ally, the United States. Kim Jong Un, North Korean head of state since Kim Jong Il's death in 2013, hailed the pact as "a historic step forward for world peace" and promised to support the neo-Peronistas in their impending campaign to avenge the Argentine defeat in the 1982 Falklands War.
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In 2015, the Welsh Republic passed a law formally establishing Welsh as the country's official principal language and requiring all businesses in Wales to put their signs in Welsh by the year 2020.
In 2017, on this day London's famed Big Ben clock ground to a halt after going nearly five years without maintenance.
Big Ben StopsThe Cameron government's ill-advised 2012 decision to postpone major repairs on Big Ben (pictured) until 2020, which had been highly controversial to begin with, soon came to be regarded as an insult to England bordering on treason and ex-prime minister David Cameron was made the target of multiple death threats.
Cameron was so alarmed at this turn of events that at one point he even considered leaving the British Isles altogether.
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In 2010, on this day Britain entered a fresh political crisis after David Cameron rejected Nick Clegg's demand for an additional three Cabinet Ministerial Posts in the Coalition Government just one day after the British electorate voted overwhelmingly to endorse the Alternative Voting System (AVS).
The Cameron FormulaDuring the formation of a "strong, stable and legitmate" Government back in May, Cameron had devised an imaginative formula for the division of powers. As a result, almost half of Liberal Democrat Mps had received a Whitehall appointment, and Nick Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister. Effectively, the Parliamentary Party had been bought off.
However, in seeking to drive a harder bargain, Clegg had engaged with paralell talks with Gordon Brown. The fear of a Progressive Coalition being formed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats forced Cameron to up his "big, open and comprehensive offer". And as a deal-sweetener, Cameron went the "extra mile" by offering a referendum of AVS.
Cameron and Clegg had agreed to maintain the Coalition up until 2015, a full Parliamentary session. However the problem was that in the small print of the deal, Liberal Democrats could campaign independently during European and Local elections and so party politics remained a reality. And many Liberal Democrats were eager to fight a General Election under AVS in the expectation of at least doubling their number of Parliamentary seats. Such an outcome, would of course dramatically imbalance the Cameron formula because it would upgrade the Liberal Democrats to full partners.
In 2015, on this day Conservative Party leader David Cameron, elected as prime minister of Great Britain five years earlier in response to popular disenchantment with the policies of Labour PM Gordon Brown, was forced to resign after a host of political and economic miscalculations that had pushed Britain to the verge of collapse.
The Straw that broke the Camel's back by Chris OakleyOn his watch Britain had seen its road and rail transport systems grind to a halt; its international standing plummet after a number of Tehran schoolchildren were killed when a missile went astray during a joint US-UK-Israeli air strike against Iranian nuclear weapons production complexes; five major British retail store chains go bankrupt; public services to Britain's less fortunate citizens slashed to the bone; the BBC, formerly the world's most respected broadcast network, reduced to a shadow of its former glorious self; unemployment pass the 4.5 million mark; the fascist British National Party make unprecedented inroads into Parliament; the House of Commons twice come within a cat's whisker of passing referendums that would have terminated Britain's membership in the European Union by 2016; and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond push for a vote on whether to declare Scotland's independence from the rest of the United Kingdom.
As if all that wasn't enough to undermine British voters' confidence in their prime minister, the British Army was stretched to the breaking point in Afghanistan and Yemen; the neo-Peronista regime in Argentina was actively working to acquire a nuclear bomb and was also rumored to be drafting plans for a new invasion of the Falkland Islands; the National Health Service was being steadily dismantled; and the royal family were virtual prisoners at Buckingham Palace thanks to the almost-daily rioting going on in London and other major cities in the UK as economic and racial tensions worsened.
But the straw that truly broke the camel's back for the Cameron administration came in March of 2015 when two of the UK's largest banks crashed within days of each other, plunging Britain into its worst internal financial crisis since the Great Depression. By early April former PM John Major, in one of his last major public statements before his death, was blasting Cameron for--in Major's words--"pouring petrol on the fires that threaten to burn Great Britain from the pages of history". Even Margaret Thatcher, who had campaigned extensively Cameron's behalf during the 2010 general elections, was going out of her way to distance herself from the incumbent PM.
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