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.

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I’m sure David Davis must be relieved and reassured to have the backing of another master political tactician!

by Anonymous on July 10, 2008 at 12:58 am. Reply #

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.

by using this logic Mark would support a BNP candidate if he appeared liberal and opposed the 42 day detention point?

Are we trying to poach him to the Lib Dems or something? If we are they may be an equal gain and loss that month in our party…

by Jo on July 10, 2008 at 8:01 am. Reply #

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