Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Is David Davis a libertarian?

Via the Apollo Project, I learn that David Davis has been hanging out with arch-libertarian Randy Barnett.

My immediate reaction to this was that it could be quite confusing for those on the left who will try to label DD as being hard right. After all it would be hard to accuse someone of being a closet fascist if they are friends with people who advocate tolerance of drugs.

DD's big danger is that opponents of the Conservatives will try to portray him as being even more conservative than Margaret Thatcher. Whether deliberate or otherwise, this emphasis of his liberal inclinations may help to diffuse that risk before it gets any prominence.