Dodgy David Davis …..

David Davis MP, who challenged and lost out to David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative leadership stakes has now gone public advising DC to cut taxes, reduce state regulation and liberalise employment laws for small businesses.

No doubt this advice will appeal to hard core Conservative voters but I am afraid it fails to recognise political reality.

Firstly, the Conservatives do not have a majority in the Commons and depend on Liberal support to get their policies through the Commons.  The Liberals are a very mixed bunch and capable of facing in many different directions when it suits them.  However, at heart, they are soft-centre and left-of-centre; anti profit, anti private sector and anti-enterprise.  Davd Davis is flying a kite that will crash.

Secondly, the UK electorate chose to give the country a hung parliament.  They may not thank a senior Conservative parliamentarian for suggesting that Conservatives should reject the electorate’s choice and throw down  the gauntlet of an electoral pre-emptive strike.  I think we have to address the wishes of local voters much more effectively than quoting partisan soundbites.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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