Yesterday saw the revelation that David Davis apparently, though he has denied it, labelled the Government a “Brokeback Coalition”.
David Davis is known to be on the right of the party and, it is reported, unhappy with David Cameron’s direction for the party. Andrew Porter in The Telegraph writes:
In reportedly extended criticism, he also referred to David Cameron’s flagship Big Society policy as “Blairite dressing”.
I leave you to draw your own conclusions on the Big Society and whether or not David Davis is unhappy with Party direction.
As stated, David Davis is on the right of the Conservative Party, of which there are many staunch Conservatives who would like the Government to take a different line on policies. This ties in, at least in some part, with the Labour leadership elections.
Diane Abbott is said to be too Left Wing, in many quarters, to be elected as Labour Leader. I’m sure Ms Abbott would disagree and argue her corner on that point.
If the Conservative Party moved to the Right as some wish, or Labour moved to the Left as some wish, what would happen?
It pains me to say, but Tony Blair, as it appears has David Cameron, got it right. He/they saw that being too far from the Centre means election losses. Labour in the eighties and early nineties lost election after election, until Blair pulled the Labour Party towards the centre and made them more elect-able (sadly we will never know the direction they would have taken under the late John Smith) as, in my opinion, did David Cameron with the Conservatives, albeit from the other direction.
There is obviously a place for the Right and Left wings of parties, democracy would not work without them, but as a separate entity the last 15 years have shown they would not be elect-able enough to form the Government, in the UK.
So we ended up with a Coalition Government, if it works, great, but it has to keep to the centre line to be accepted, or as near as it can. As we have seen so far, some policies favour Centre-right, some Centre-left. To my mind (I consider myself a smidgeon to the left of centre) a Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government should strike a good balance.
If followers of the Right, or Left, of all Party’s, wish to criticise, that is their prerogative and is necessary to keep the Government in check. But I think they should, and probably do, realise that they are never totally going to get their own way and if they did, they would be in the electoral wilderness for another 13 years.
So the likes of David Davis et al can comment away (if indeed he did, although a pub isn’t the usual form of soapbox), about the Centralist policies of the Coalition Government. If that wasn’t the direction David Cameron had taken the Conservative Party, I for one believe the election may have turned out differently and it wouldn’t have been in favour of Blue!