Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Top Tory Attacks Cameron Euro Strategy

The awkward squad are getting their verdict – and attack lines – in early on the Tory European campaign. David Davis lambasted the coordinated CCHQ attacks on UKIP last night, telling Guido that they have only driven more voters to UKIP:

“The only way to fight UKIP is to occupy their ground. Cameron has started to try and do that, but it’s too late… They only react when they are panicking and then no one believes it.”

Basher says he has come round to Lord Tebbit’s ‘forgotten Tories’ idea; Thatcherites who abandoned the party in 1992, and have not voted since, have been awoken. They’ve not come back to the Tories though. He predicts a 32 24 22 win for the ‘kippers, with the Tories in third and an unexpectedly high turnout for a Euro-vote. Consider this a preview of next week if those numbers are correct.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Davis and Miliband’s Cosy Chat

Ed Miliband just revealed that he’d met with David Davis, saying that they agreed on an increasing number of subjects – an In/Out referendum is creeping up that list. Labour backing the plebiscite would be opportunistic, calculated and brilliant. It would drive the Tories round the bend and no effort has been made to shut down the speculation this weekend. Cameron has reaffirmed his position against the idea, putting the ball firmly in Miliband’s court. Ed also coughed that they both had some harsh words for the Prime Minister: “but, that is perhaps, another story”…

UPDATE: Liar Politicians got the video:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Hand of Basher

David Davis is a natural contender to replace Liam Fox:

And it seems he is well aware of this fact…

UPDATE: The cracks are starting to show –  Patrick Mercer, who would love the job, has told the World at One:

“The Secretary of State for Defence is running a ministry which is under serious financial strictures but much more imp is fighting certainly one hot war in Afghanistan/Pakistan, the remains of a campaign in Libya and with all sorts of difficulties and problems and further campaigns and involvement on the horizon.The last thing that busy civil servants need and busy uniformed staff inside the Ministry of Defence is this sort of distraction with their boss.”

Thursday, February 10, 2011

David Davis is the Comeback Kid


David Davis together with wily old Jack Straw has led a backbench campaign to block votes-for-prisoners. After Basher’s impulsive walk-out over civil liberties he was written-off, his political romance with Shami Chakrabarti looked a little silly and was the subject of much derision. With this successful campaign – MPs voted 234 to the ayes, 22 against – he has won over people and many Conservatives will be re-appraising him. And Shami, well that political infatuation will have come to an end. Liberty campaigned for votes-for-prisoners…

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Basher Can’t Resist

It’s a five years and a day since David Cameron beat David Davis for the Tory leadership, and still DD can prove a headache for his young usurper. Davis left the PM a delightful anniversary present in his announcement last night that he will be voting against the Tuition Fees rise on Thursday.

While many are whispering it’s typical of Davis to be looking for headlines and trouble, as it’s his second nature, Ben Brogan argues that Davis sees a gap as Leader of the Opposition, however some are  just pushing ridiculous lines. The former staffer who thought portraying Davis’s one man rebellion as something that might help the coalition, as it will take some heat off the LibDems, needs to go back to spin school…

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

David Davis Takes Liberty Award

Ephraim Hardcastle draws to Guido’s attention that there is an innocent explanation for the Shami and Basher late night Tuesday over-the-candles chat. Liberty had given David Davis their “Independent Voice of the Year” Human Rights Award on Monday. So Basher would have seen Shami two nights in a row…

Odd Couple : the Minx and the Basher

Do you remember the mini-furore over Andy Burnham’s scurrilous innuendo-rich suggestion of some kind of seduction of Basher Davis after “late-night, hand-wringing, heart-melting phone calls with” Shami Chakrabarti? In the last month they have appeared on Question Time together and Basher was coincidentally in the audience to ask Shami a question when she was on the panel at an Intelligence Squared event last week.

Last night they lingered long after everyone else at the Political Studies Association Awards at 1 Great George Street. (Clegg and Cameron jointly won politician of the year, Liberty and, errm, the Southall Black Sisters won the award for setting the political agenda. Sir David Frost got Best Political Satire – only 40 years late.)

You know how it is, you can’t bring yourself to leave the restaurant, the candles are melting low, you make small-talk about detention orders only to steal one more delicious moment of time with a soul-mate.

Basher and Shami had switched seats earlier in the night and left together only after everyone else had gone.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Quote of the Day

David Davis was overheard explaining…

“The corollary of the Big Society is the smaller state. If you talk about the small state, people think you’re Attila the Hun. If you talk about the Big Society, people think you’re Mother Teresa.”

David Davis Puts Boot in, Gives Cameron a Flogging,
Mocks “Brokeback Coalition”

The Boot & Flogger in Southwark is the perfect place for a free-marketeer to conspire, since it was until recently the only hostelry in the land that had the right to sell wine without having a licence, thanks to a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567.

The FT’s offices are nearby and it was David Davis’ misfortune that an FT hack was there on Thursday to overhear him referring to the “Brokeback Coalition”.

Hardly startling revelations that right-wingers are not overjoyed that Downing Street seems to care more about fifty odd LibDem MPs than two hundred Tory MPs. Just read ConservativeHome and you will see the same sentiments there almost daily…

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Which Public Schoolboys Does David Davis Mean?

At last night’s Spectator debate on grammar schools David Davis said he owed everything to the opportunity given to him by his grammar school.  He described the failed forty-year comprehensive scho0l system experiment as a catastrophe.

“…out of this catastrophe there was only one winning group. Do you know who they were?  Yes, the public schools. Who teach just 7% of the population.”

The handicapping of the intellectual capacity of the country has definitely given the  children of the privileged who were able to buy a better education, great advantages.  Can’t help thinking he has a particular public school in mind…


Seen Elsewhere

Does Europe Really Want Britain to Quit? | Nick Wood
Immigration Nation | Hopi Sen
Tories Choose Anti-Israel Candidate in Rochester | JC
Osborne’s Daycare Obsession is a Time Bomb | Kathy Gyngell
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie
Eric Hobsbawm: Companion of Dishonour | Standpoint
Guido Party Gossip | Iain Dale
Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
Health Revolution is Underway | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Gets Professional | Red Box
Kelly Tolhurst Wins Rochester Open Primary | BBC


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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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