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David Davis's attack on cronyism is a punch thrown at Downing Street's strategy and style

By James Macintyre   March 2012

David Davis’s Prospect article on “crony capitalism” is his boldest and broadest attack on David Cameron’s approach to Conservatism since the two men fought over the party leadership in 2005. This, the latest in his line of attacks on successive Tory leaders since 1997, carries weight because Davis remains a focal point for dissent, and not just in the traditional Conservative right wing that is his base.

Davis, a “big beast” of British politics, has always been a more complicated Conservative than he at first appears. True, the bulky bruiser with a broken nose and a penchant for rock-climbing is…

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