Friday, July 11, 2008

David Davis - On Liberty

David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, cruised to victory in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election with a 15,355 majority and 72% of the vote. His previous majority was just 5,116. Since the BBC did not bother to broadcast his victory speech, Cranmer is pleased to reproduce it below:

"First, may I thank the returning officer, his officials and the police. I would also like to take the opportunity to commend the other parties that contested this election. One of the freedoms I defend is the right of anybody to stand in a democratic election. By and large this has been a courteous and entertaining campaign. I thank everyone for taking part. Four weeks ago, I resigned my position as Shadow Home Secretary, and Member of Parliament. Not for personal gain. Not for political advantage. But to defend a principle. The doubters said it couldn’t be done.

"You can’t win a by-election campaigning for freedom. You can’t shift public support for 42 days.

"You can’t spark a national debate, they said… people just don’t care about British liberty. And yet, 3 weeks on, we’ve sent a shot across the bows of Gordon Brown’s arrogant, arbitrary and authoritarian government. We’ve galvanised a new consensus … across the political spectrum … beyond the world of politics. A new resolve. A new spirit of freedom. A fresh sense of purpose.

"Today, the people of Haltemprice and Howden have delivered a stunning message to the government…as our campaign has reverberated across the country. Four weeks ago as Gordon Brown stooped into the gutter to rig the vote on 42 days, Ministers crowed that 69% of people supported 42 days. Today just 36% support it. Four weeks ago, the government touted public support for a range of other draconian measures. Today, 71% support my stand against the attacks on British liberty. And in the House of Lords, the last Head of MI5 savaged the government’s 42 day proposal. It now lies in tatters, robbed of any remaining credibility. Along with this government. And that’s after just 3 weeks.

"But today is not the end of this campaign. It’s the beginning. On Monday I return to the House of Commons, to take up my seat in those hallowed chambers. I do so with a clear mandate to fight Gordon Brown’s vision of ‘Big Brother Britain’ tooth and nail. To stop 42 days dead in its tracks.

"To prevent the disaster of ID cards before it happens. To protect our personal privacy from being ransacked by the ever-intrusive state. But most of all for the thousands upon thousands who have written to me… Supported me…and voted for me….

"I return to fight for those fundamental freedoms that define our way of life. The freedoms that millions died defending. The freedoms that make Britain Great."


Anonymous Stonemason said...

Whilst we applaud D.D for his singular stand against the oppressive governance of Britain by Big Brother Brown and his Westminster bully boys, could we encourage D.D to read "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill, he would learn that in politics "less" can be "better", governance that is.

11 July 2008 at 10:22  
Blogger Dark_Heretic said...

Why doesn't he form a party based on those principles that way we could ALL send a shot across the bows of our titanic government

11 July 2008 at 12:05  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Congratulations to DD.

New parties are not possible in our system. In fact the main three have a monopoly - if the billions of James Goldsmith couldn't do it, DD wouldn't have a hope. UKIP and the BNP and the Greens are fringe and can never win a parliamentary seat.

He should have stayed in the shadow cabinet. He would then have been in a position to carry out his policies and roll back the state. As it is he sacrificed all that and has been replaced with the pro-EU Dominic Grieve. Bonkers strategy.

11 July 2008 at 12:10  
Anonymous steadmancinques said...

There were two pieces of significant news yesterday, as far as I am concerned; one was DD's vindication of his stand in his by-election victory, for which I congratulate him.

The other was the story of the mother of a disabled, epileptic child who is not permitted to accompany him to school, trained and equipped with essential medication which he may need at any time, until she has submitted to, and presumably passed, a CRB check.

The coincidence is startling; the choice clear; Liberty, or the indefinite extension of the 'Big Brother' state, where any jobsworth can use unlimited powers to interfere and regulate people's lives to the nth degree.

11 July 2008 at 12:30  
Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Hooray for Mr Davis

11 July 2008 at 14:35  
Anonymous wrinkled weasel said...

History is more likely to be the final arbiter of David Davis's role in the fight for civil liberties.

In Nineteen Hundred and Thirteen, on June the 4th, Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the Kings horse at the Epsom Derby. An act of recklesness that proved fatal. No doubt, had she consulted her friends, they would have advised against it.

On her tombstone, her epitaph reads:


The rest, as they say, is history.

11 July 2008 at 15:30  
Anonymous billy said...

A clear mandate, my bum.

All that has happened is a conservative has won a safe Conservative seat.
Davies has shown a breathtaking lack of judgment. It's a good job that Cameron beat him to the Conservative Party leadership.

11 July 2008 at 18:16  
Anonymous Old Bead Jiggler said...

If I were David Davis, I'd be disappointed that I had lost over 5000 votes since 2005. Has he any plans of extending civil liberties to the unborn?

12 July 2008 at 08:29  
Anonymous some english bloke said...

Bob Geldof said

"I was told David Davis was out on a limb on this one. Shamefully that is true. But it is the right limb to be out on. And it is a limb I am happy to join him on. It's the same limb that William Wilberforce clambered out on to in his fight against slavery. It is the limb that justice, liberty and rights are perched upon.

12 July 2008 at 21:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fat chance of Justice with that evil Scot, Brown Bottom selling us out to the Catholic Fascist EU, with it's Napoleonic Law system, and foolish Chamberlain tactics with Islam, that is why the BNP and the UKIP have been getting increasing upset.

David Davis is very late to the party, and I am not sure that he is genuine, but at least he got national publicity.

18 July 2008 at 21:49  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Newer›  ‹Older