Speak Your Brane Party backs Davis
Making the best of a bad job, Iain Dale comments on the vast gulf between 'people in the Westminster Village' who are anti-David Davis, and what he calls the 'real world' - "BBC Viewers on the Have Your Say website, or the Telegraph website, or the Mail, or the Guardian, or the Independent. Reaction on most of those sites is running 80-20 in favour of David Davis."
The confusion of 'the real world' with 'people who leave comments on the Have Your Say website, Comment is Free, and the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail websites' is the same mistake made by Sir Roderick Spode and the Black Shorts, updated for the modern age:
"The trouble with you, Davis, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the internet by going about leaving comments about ZaNu Liebor and the Magna Carta, you think you're someone. You see them writing "At last a politician with a backbone who is prepared to stand by their convictions!!" and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: "Look at that frightful ass Davis swanking about wasting our money! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?""
Best of all, it is possible that this will be an election where there is one candidate supported by the Tories (sort of), the Lib Dems, the BNP, UKIP and the Speak Your Brane Party of 'BBC Have Your Say' commentators and that candidate might actually be preferable to the alternative (though I'm sceptical about whether Rupert Murdoch will actually end up doing his Silvio Berlusconi impression and stand a candidate).
Is there really not any room in this election for a candidate who could say, "Like David Davis,
I don't believe in locking people up for 42 days. Unlike David Davis, I also don't believe in killing them".