Alex Massie

The Davis Agenda

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I suspect Peter is right and that David Davis's remarks about "the Davis agenda" will raise a few eyebrows. But I find them encouraging. There's an obvious upside to Davis returning to the front bench at some point since, despite the Tory parties advantageous position in the polls, the party could do with the extra muscle Davis would bring. From the point of view of civil liberties, however, there's something to be said for Davis prowling the back benches, keeping an eye on a Tory party that may well find it too easy to slide away from the civil libertarian agenda once it's in power. Davis, then, has an important role as a watchdog and chivvier-in-chief, holding the party to its promises...

UPDATE: I should have been clearer: Davis on the back benches is preferable to Davis being in the cabinet but not holding either the Home Secretary or Justice briefs. The danger, however, is that, as Anthony rightly says in the comments, that Davis could be the Tories' Frank Field: often right, but even more often ignored.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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