Sunday, October 30, 2005

BFD Weekly Round-Up 1

For the remainder of the contest we're going to run a Bloggers For Davis Weekly Round-Up (idea entirely ripped off from Tim Worstall via Eu-Serf at Once More) .

It's been a busy week, and we're getting a clearer sense of the policy issues beneath the beauty contest. Gary Munro set the scene with his meaty post on The Conservative Party’s Blairite Tendency, and asks "why would the public vote for Labour-lite when they can have the Real Thing?"

Simon Lloyd picked up the same theme, arguing that DD will stand on his own agenda, and that "a lack of policy commitments will be Mr Cameron's Achilles heel in the leadership contest".

DD's announcement of a clear tax cutting agenda brought much favourable comment. Peter C Glover puts it in a broader policy context: "Davis is quite right to spell out what a proper Conservative Party agenda should look like - and it will, thankfully, be nothing like a domestic and European New Labour one. But the promise of substantial tax cuts...needs to be accompanied by a phalanx of co-ordinated policies which collectively reflect the need for the take greater individual responsibility..."

Still on the tax theme, Steve at Village Hampden gives DD's plan the thumbs-up, and provides some historic context: "If Cameron thinks that cutting taxes is not such a vote winner, let him look at the causes of the American and French Revolutions. The Boston Tea Party was not about whether the milk should go in first, and the gabelle was not a health issue. Let him also look at what sparked off the English Civil War: ship money. Even further back, let him look at the origins of England itself. Though it is commonly said that the Britons were driven by the Saxons westward into what became Wales, it was really the influence of their governments that was driven westward and confined to Wales. The peasants mostly stayed where they were and had the benefit of much lower taxes, not having Arthur's cavalry to pay for." Not many people know that.

DD's announcement that he establish 20 new grammar schools also drew support. Clive Davis says: "David Davis seems to be fizzing with ideas...Abolishing grammar schools was one of the most outrageous acts of public vandalism of recent times."

The role of the media in our election is something we've fumed about ourselves, and James Hellyer spells it out: "It seems clear to me that the power of the media is so great that its own hyping of a candidate can achieve the apotheosis of the recipient and create the poll lead. The thing that is dishonest is the way the media pretends that the reaction to their agitprop is spontaneous." Yes, it may be like complaining about the weather, but we members need to see through the short-term media hype.

Finally, we've been delighted to welcome our new Bloggers For Davis, including Political Thinker, Fox Blogger, Sterling Times, and Darlington Tory.


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