It is now widely acknowledged that the Conservative election campaign is struggling. They have had several "wobbly" weeks since the start of the year with Cameron seeming unsure about the implementation of some of his own policies, dodgy statistics being used in a number of publications and most recently the Ashcroft problems amongst other problems.
Monday, 8 March 2010
At the same time, Labour are showing their electoral mettle by sending in attack dogs like Mandelson and Prescott whenever they need someone to go at the opposition. And it seems to be working for them. We also have very strong media performers like Nick Clegg and Vince Cable from the Lib Dems.
One thing I just cannot understand is why David Davis has not been called to get involved with the front-line of the electoral fight. He was a very effective Shadow Home Secretary and is a strong political street-fighter. He would surely do a better job batting for his side than some of the non-entities we see put up in front of the media by the Tories at the moment.
Maybe it's because Cameron still feels slighted about how Davis stood down from the shadow cabinet to fight a by-election on the issue of civil liberties. I must admit I still find that decision a bit odd, almost quixotic but frankly Cameron cannot afford to harbour grudges like this. Maybe he could when he was 20 points in the lead but with the polls showing anywhere from a 7 to possibly even 2 point lead he needs his strongest troops up front with him.
Cameron should not leave Davis languishing on the backbenches.