The Crewe Byelection sent out a flurry of excitement across the land, with the hope that Gordon Brown might soon stumble and fall. That notion appealed to many as many detest Gordon Brown. Others however hoped that the political programme that he represents, the ensnaring of Britain in ever greater powers of the state, most of these emanating from Brussels could thereby be halted.
There might be popular awareness and demand for an end to the relentless increase in state power, but the Conservative Party has shown itself wooden in its ambitions to stop Brown’s programmes, and indeed in any attempt to try to get him removed. Riding high in the polls seems to be the only objective that Cameron can lay claim to.
Into this void of leadership Davis’ resignation has struck like a bolt from the blue. He has calculated that this move, making a stand on a key freedom about to be stripped away from the British people, the right to be charged if detained by the State within a short period of time, will give the public, deprived of any way to get their voices heard or their views represented, a way to protest to the ‘ruling classes’ that they will not sit any longer while Britain is reduced into a servile state.
He will succeed in his aim of hitting Gordon Brown hard on this issue, and also of exposing the weakness of David Cameron who was not planning to promise to repeal the 42 day measure once in power (until after Davis’ resignation, which immediately prompted the move). But unless this leads on in some way to the overthrow of Gordon Brown’s leadership, Davis will not have advanced his own career, and he is unlikely to find any way to lead the Conservative Party onto a more aggressive course, replacing the more cautious Cameron electoral strategy.
From his own point of view, he will probably be able to get back into the Shadow cabinet once his resignation ‘assault’ is complete.
But there is an outside chance that he might spur the Conservative Party into becoming more activist, and that he might load enough pressure onto Brown to finally cause him to be unseated.
If he did so, his own Party would have to take note that it was Davis that brought British politics to a head, and not David Cameron. You have to admire his courage. As an ex-SAS member he would no doubt still remember his regiment’s old motto – that He who dares, wins. If only politics played out as well as warfare as regards the exercise of courage, he’d be home and dry. For those who hate what this government is doing to Britain, Davis will provide a beacon of hope for a while. At least somebody is prepared to say something out of the 600 plus MPs sitting in comfort at Westminster as they sign away British freedoms. Davis deserves nothing but admiration.
The Telegraph sees it like this –
But what is Mr Davis hoping to achieve? He has almost certainly sacrificed his front-bench career. However, his friends say that he has long believed that Project Cameron may collapse. If it does, he is now well positioned as the only politician in Westminster who could ride to the rescue and become the next Prime Minister.
Full Telelgraph article HERE.
See also a comment from Conservative Home as follows –
David Cameron’s decision not to appoint an Acting SHS but a permanent replacement in Dominic Grieve shows a ruthlessness from the Conservative leader. David Cameron could have kept the position open. He didn’t. By appointing Dominic Grieve the Tory leader signalled that there’ll be no retreat from the stance that DD has taken on civil liberties. Mr Grieve’s support for the Human Rights Act may mean trouble ahead, however.
Is Cameron going to consolidate as a pro-EU, pro-centralisation party, now he feels he’s got Labour on the back foot? That’s a likely scenario, unless Davis can sink the 42 day terror bill, and pull the rug from under Brown. If he manages that, he will be in a strong position.