Monday, June 13, 2005

Pundits For (er...and against) Davis

Rees-Mogg comes out for Davis in the Times (well spotted Woody):

'David Davis has emerged as the unquestioned leader of the Eurosceptic, low-tax wing of the party. This is unlikely to change. The only challenger on that side is Liam Fox, but I do not think he has more than a fraction of the support for David Davis, either in the House of Commons or the country.'

R-M (I'm not trying to be unkind, but he seems to have been a pundit for ever...shouldn't he be like...I don't, dead by now?) goes on to explain how Ken's continued leadership posturing is damaging young David C:

'So long as Clarke is in the way, David Cameron must be expected to continue to run third. After only four years in Parliament he has nothing like the experience or public recognition of Davis or Clarke. His only chance is to become the “stop Davis” candidate, to unite the support which is scattered between perhaps as many as seven other candidates.

I doubt whether David Cameron could beat David Davis even so — but he would have an opening. So long as Clarke is thought to be a potential candidate, Cameron cannot build his coalition to stop Davis. It must be very annoying for him. For David Davis, Clarke may be more of a shield than a threat. Michael Howard’s clumsy mishandling of his constitutional proposals may be equally annoying for him. That has delayed what is still Davis’s probable victory, but to no benefit to the Conservative Party. '

Meanwhile over at the Grauniad, Peter Preston goes for Cameron. He describes our man as 'a bustling, classy Buggins demanding his turn', who will be too old for the election after next, which is the first the Tories can realistically expect to win.

Oh, well. At least we know the Guardian doesn't like DD.


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