Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Why Davis?

There are three strong arguments for choosing Davis:

1. Presence Davis is a stand-up guy, a state-educated meritocrat who comes from a single-parent family and who grew up on a council estate (see biog eg here). He's a winner, who worked his way up to a senior position in business, and now politics. He looks normal- a full head of hair and no weird quiffs- talks normal, has twinkly blue eyes, and has a normal family. In other words, he looks pretty much like the rest of us would like to be.

2. Beliefs Davis is a conviction politician, who believes in freedom, low taxes, and law and order.
He says: 'Only a low-tax economy will generate the wealth required to pay for secure pensions and better healthcare. Only radical reform of public services, empowering the parent and patient, can give the nation the quality of schools and hospitals it expects. Only a zero-tolerance approach to yobbery, crime and disorder will make our neighbourhoods safe.

And, at the same time, only an unshakable commitment to the rule of law buttressed by traditional institutions - jury trials, habeas corpus, presumption of innocence - can make the citizen both free and secure.'

3. Experience He's held senior jobs in both business and Westminster. He's been a Whip, Europe Minister, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Party Chairman, and Shadow Home Secretary. In the last role, he disposed of both Beverley Hughes and David Blunkett while barely breaking sweat- maybe his SAS training showing through. He's shown a strong interest in practical policy making, including setting up the excellent Reform thinktank. Finally, he has represented a Northern constituency for twenty years, so has a good fix on the concerns of those well beyond the M25.

How does he come across on telly? Well, he's shown he can handle Paxman et al, and he looks sincere. His performances in the Commons bearpit are measured and assured. True, his big set piece platform speeches don't altogether soar, but on a scale of Churchill to Duncan Smith, they're not embarrassing.

He says: 'Conservatives have the advantage over their opponents that the values they instinctively hold are those that the modern world requires. We should unashamedly proclaim them.'

He has the hunger, and we say he's the man to do it.


Blogger Serf said...

I want a leader tht is proud to be a Conservative. Davis sounds like he is.

You can hardly win an election if you do not believe in what you are suppose to be supporting.

11:05 AM  
Blogger James said...

You have almost convinced me. Is there a dark underbelly anywhere?

11:30 AM  
Blogger Toque said...

Guido Fawkes keeps stating in his blog that Dais has a 'skeleton in his closet' but he won't enlighten us as to what it might be.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Toque said...

Guido Fawkes keeps stating in his blog that Davis has a 'skeleton in his closet' but he won't enlighten us as to what it might be.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Wat Tyler said...

Yes...the dark secret.

I know Guido (and others) keep hinting at something, but first, it's probably disinformation,
and second, if it's punching someone on the nose- which seems to be one rumour- is that really a show-stopper?

9:38 PM  
Blogger Bazil parker said...

We have got to keep the Conservative paty CONSERVATIVE not a CHEAP replica of New labour!As some so called "mordernisers" are suggesting.We can still appeal to enough of the electorate to get elected by appealing to the masses, this does not mean change what we have always stood for!!!!!

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Home Rule for England said...

If DD is elected I'm looking forward to him reconfirming his view that England should have her own Parliament in the same way that Scotland has her own Parliament.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Colton said...

All the major candidates are exceptional poiliticians but the real questions that are to be asked are can they make a difference and can they bring the Tories out of what appears to be a decline?

5:09 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I have not seen anything about how each candidate will organise the party, his headquarters, his advisors. If they rely on MPs they will be doomed. There has to be a strategy to lead, organise, the party, it is key to the success.

10:51 AM  

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