David Davis was on the Today programme this morning – to discuss Tory opposition to Labour’s plans to reduce the 43 police forces of England and Wales to something between 12 and 19 in total. The LibDems and Tories are uniting – again – in their opposition to this Labour project.
This was Mr Davis’ first major interview since losing the Tory leadership and he took the opportunity to welcome the progress that "Cameron’s Conservatives" have made over the last twelve days. Describing himself as a libertarian he welcomed Mr Cameron’s efforts to tackle the perception that Tories stood against immigrant communities. He said that Tories needed to combine a policy of controlled immigration with respect for minority communities.
With Mr Davis united behind his leadership rival Tory harmony could hardly be more different from the situation in the Labour party. The Eton Mafia‘s Education Bill tactics have propelled the normally loyal John Prescott into public opposition to Tony Blair’s education reforms and Gordon Brown is said to be unhappy at Tony Blair’s EU retreat. This is how The Sun sees the changing political landscape this morning:
"When Margaret Thatcher beat Neil Kinnock in 1987 many political experts said Labour were finished for all time. They could not have been more wrong. When John Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard all sank as Tory leader the same experts said the Conservatives would never come back. Yet a weekend poll puts new Tory leader David Cameron an astonishing NINE percentage points ahead of Labour. It just goes to show that in politics it’s dangerous to try to be wise even after the event."