Monday, July 30, 2007

[next pm] have we found him?

While the U.S. does what it can to keep the Lizard Queen out of power, Iain Dale rates the qualifications of the next British PM:

[David] Davis is scarcely a woolly liberal, a Soho brand manager or a tree hugger. His voice reaches parts of the party Cameron cannot reach. Well-read and supremely intelligent, Davis is in a different league to John Prescott: Davis would make a fine party leader, which is something that could never have been said of Prescott.

So let's look at his bio:

Conservative Party


So what do you think? Cameron clearly won't wash so is David Davis the man?


Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Davis can certainly talk to people, he is a man of the people, in a sense Cameron isn't.

I remain sceptical that anyone will win a majority next time.
Dissatisfaction with one side has not actually produced a groundswell for the other, as we might expect.

Could Davis change that?
He might stop the trickle of Tory defections to UKIP, but he can win bck much needed soft LD voters?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I think they'll be a laughing stock if they change leader before the next election. I wouldn't vote Tory anyway, but I quite like listening to DD - and I think he's more attractive than Cameron!

ScotsToryB said...

David Davis. How many Ministers has he seen off? Wasn't he sacked by Howard when in America, which brought him to public prominence? Did not him and Cameron find common cause during the leadership election campaign? Does he want to take over now?

I think not. He will bide his time and find himself by dint being a recipient of one of the Prizes: which one?

But. I always have the sense with this man that he aspires to greatness and will achieve it. He may be the catalyst for Camerons' departure but I do not think so. He is and has to be, loyal but he has placed himself well. He has become the obvious candidate for anyone who can think beyond tomorrow and, as his CV shows, he is more then capable. He would, contemporaneously, be better against Brown but if I (the reader of political intrigue extraordinaire!) know anything, he may, as the original 'Everyone needs a Willie' candidate did, accept his moment in history and be happy with it. Why? The original had been around for decades and was on his way out; Davis has decades and is still there.


Daimyo Higham-Baka-Ohta said...

Yes, i see all that. But as the Tories will surely lose under Cameron [of course in my opinion], then there is that thing that "I have no ambitions in that direction but if my party insists".

Martin said...


Davis is good on paper, for sure, presses all the right buttons, etc...

However, his main problem as leader would not be dealing either with the government or the public; it would be his own party.

His experience, qualifications and - dare one say it? - populism are so far away from those of the tribe to which the majority of Conservaive MP's belong that they would feel themselves insulted at having to accept his direction.

Honestly see George Osborne not calling him oik behind his back?

As a natural Conservative the Conservatives disgust me.

CityUnslicker said...

he missed his boat I am afraid. I agree with the thrust of Iain's argumetnt hat he has to back DC now.

Daimyo Higham-Baka-Ohta said...

And that is all that's bad at Westminster and in the party system that the logical person doesn't get in.