to Brown & Cameron to discover
that it is actually Davis who best
has his finger on our pulse
Brown, Cameron and others suitably detached from the people can only fix their gaze upon polls which were said to demonstrate that the electorate were fully behind Brown’s authoritarian desire to give himself and his whiny Home Secretary the power to detain people without trial for up to forty-two days. No doubt that, if asked in isolation, many would say that such a power was a good idea.
As one might suspect, we and, it is to be hoped, the political elite are discovering that when that question is placed in the context of the wider issues of the destruction of our civil liberties and the rise of the Stasi State, their arrogant assumptions about our views are hopelessly and wholly misplaced. I pray in aid The Mail on Sunday which has a poll that shows Mr. Davis, far from having turned himself into an instant pariah-maverick, has strong a deep chord with the people of England and that he is receiving support from right across the political spectrum and from quarters that the political elite smugly assumed would row in behind their position.
I hear you snigger: ‘The Mail on Sunday? They would say that, wouldn’t they!’. In other circumstances you might be right. But then I would draw your attention to some observations in The Observer from Andrew Rawnsley and Gaby Hinsliff, not obvious enthusasts for the doings of any Tory. The former, after setting out much of the case against David Davis, writes:
More than one member of the shadow cabinet who thinks David Davis is crazy has also told me that they have had emails and calls lauding him as a man of great principle taking a heroic stand.
This, I think, is something for the political class to ponder and ponder hard. So ingrained with cynicism is Westminster about itself that it can only see David Davis as a lunatic for sacrificing his career on the altar of his beliefs. The politicians need to ask themselves why so many of the public seem to regard David Davis as the only sane man in the asylum.
Plainly the political elite are receiving a hard lesson in just how distant they have become from the people they claim, without actual justification as we can now see, to represent.
Hinsliff also sets out something of the poser this is setting for the high & mighty:
Suddenly Labour is not laughing at David Davis.
Gordon Brown thought his luck had changed when the shadow home secretary said he was resigning over 42-day detention. Conservatives, by contrast, thought he had gone mad. Yet to judge from the emails sent by Tory activists, Labour voters and people who had never given a thought to politics, the MP for Haltemprice and Howden may be on to something,
Brown was said to have a smile on his face last week for the first time in ages. If Davis has read the real mood of the public on the wider issue of erosion of civil liberties aright, then it may well be that that smile gets wiped humiliatingly from Brown’s face before it has had time to set itself in granite.
Time to stick one’s neck out, I think. Davis will win his bye-election. Whether or not a serious candidate stands against him matters not in the final analysis. Labour ought to do so, if only to deflect the impression that failure to come out of Westminster’s Augean Stable carries with it the clear implication of a characteristic gutlessness and willingness to run from any fight. No, the real battle will be fought out in the MSM and the blogosphere wherein it will be revealed that English men and women really do understand the wider implications of what has been going on for far too long: a steady and sustained assault on our freedoms by this illiberal and autocratic government.
In the context of the wider issue of fundamental civil liberties we shall see that England has had enough of being spied on by the Stasi Town Hall minions, by the demands of the central State to hand to it a complete dossier of all our private affairs including the very stuff of our being itself, by having our children tagged to a database like so many cattle to be herded for the benefit of the State, by the alarming growth of the Big Brother tendency in almost every piece of legislation which lies still within the purview of Parliament to pass and by the unnatural and dangerous desire of some to make us live in a land where petty officials can make the demand: ‘Where are your papers?”
It is said Mr. Davis has had his nose broken five times. I doubt he will have a sixth such experience in his latest venture. Instead it will be the State with its overweening ambitions to control our lives and the haughty, disdainful and puffed-up political elite which will emerge holding their elegant and expensive silk hankies to their respective bloodied noses.