Saturday, August 20, 2005

Pollard on David Davis

In the same CPS paper, Pollard comes out in favour of David Davis for Conservative leader.
David Davis is far from the ideal candidate but he has seen off two Home Office ministers and been the main focus of opposition within his Party to ID cards (to which I turn below) – an issue which ought to be pivotal in separating Conservative liberals from Labour authoritarians, and thus in commending the Party to its natural supporters once more.
He's right here too - Davis is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. He interviews poorly for a start. He is said to be unpopular with the parliamentary party - but no party leader is ever perfect. Either they grow into the role or they don't. And Davis may be the only candidate who can take on the role without destroying the party completely. Cameron would not have the support of the membership, Clarke would split it completely.