Monday, June 16, 2008

The man who risked nothing for a few headlines..

My personal view, shared by a lot of Labour people is that David Davis is doing nothing more thatn playing an attention seeking game. H&H is a safe Tory seat with and despite attempts to turn it into a debate on Liberty, it will be used by voters as another chance to give Labour a bloody nose.

David Davis knows this, and this is why the whole thing is just a pointless stunt. A victory for David Davis against Labour will be used relentlessly against the government. David Davis is putting nothing on the line here, he just wants a chance to pretend he's Benjamin Franklin for a bit. He's a man or opportunism, not a man of principle.

2 comments:

Bloggers4Labour said...

You don't seem too keen on giving voters the chance to say how they feel, or on trying to debate the issues with them. Surely politics is pretty pointless without either of the two?

Andreas Paterson said...

That's one way of putting it, but I don't think it's reasonable to assume that the result of the H&H by-election will be a reasonable representation of how the voters feel.

There is a good reason why we have general elections, rather than holding referendums on every single issue and that is due to the fact that political issues are too complex for members of the public to fully investigate, debate and decide upon. A majority of this country voted for a Labour government in 2005 giving our MP's a mandate to make these decisions, why should that mandate be compromised simply because on opposition MP has planned a stunt.

If voters are unhappy with the government's actions, they can vote them out at the next general election. Any other time and the whole thing is just a stupid game IMO.