The day David Davis threatened to punch Mark Oaten

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2008

As revealed by Mark Oaten over at the Indy’s Open House blog:

We haven’t always been the best of friends: he once threatened to punch my nose in, and I’ve described him as disgusting.

The reason:

When I came close to wobbling on 90 days he held firm. (That’s also when he informed me that if I did shift my position he would punch me in the nose.)

Which seems fair enough to me. And Mark’s endorsement of Mr Davis couldn’t be warmer:

I, for one, support his decision wholeheartedly, and this week I went up to canvass for him in Haltemprice and Howden, where he contests a byelection on Thursday. I did it because I believe in the principle he is standing for, and because I’ve found him to be intelligent, passionate and a liberal, willing to sacrifice anything to stick to his principles.

Criticise his opinion, but at least Mark worked out how he was going to campaign in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election – which is more than the party leadership has managed to do.