U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his routine for keeping a clear head when leading Europe’s third-largest economy, saying he likes to delegate responsibility and get to bed early.
“I try and stay a little bit fit,” he told reporters in Mumbai today. “I try and go for a run a week, I try to play a game of tennis every week and I try not to go to bed too late. But like all these things, that doesn’t always work.”
Cameron took time out to play cricket with the England women’s team on the first day of a three-day visit to India, where he is leading the biggest ever British business mission. Resting and delegating, he said, are the keys to not getting “fried” by the pressures of high office.
Cameron has come under pressure from the Labour opposition for having too relaxed a leadership style at a time when the U.K. economy is teetering on the verge of its first recorded triple-dip recession and as the pound has fallen to the lowest level versus the dollar in more than seven months. The comments also show a different style to his workaholic predecessors, Gordon Brown and Margaret Thatcher.
“The most important thing is to have a very good team around you,” Cameron said. “To make sure you can delegate and you can have a team you can work with and get things done for you.”
A biography of Cameron published last year, “Practically A Conservative” by Francis Elliott and James Hanning, suggested the premier could win “a gold medal for chillaxing” and reported he had a karaoke machine at Chequers, his official country residence.
Cameron has described how much he enjoys the “Fruit Ninja” game on his Apple Inc. iPad tablet computer, which involves slicing fruit with the swipe of a finger, though he refused to say what his highest score was when questioned about by it by journalists in May.
“As I always say, if you are exhausted and if you are fried mentally you will be a hopeless prime minister,” Cameron said today. “You have to try and keep a good equilibrium and balance and then hopefully you can make good decisions.”
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