Diary: Obsessed by gay marriage? Look who's talking, David Davies

 

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Another Tory MP has followed the intrepid Nadine Dorries in warning David Cameron that he is in danger of the sack. David Davies, MP for Monmouth (not to be confused with the better known former minister David Davis), has told his local newspaper, the South Wales Argus: "David Cameron needs to change his tack very rapidly, otherwise he's not going to be in position for very long."

He also wrote a letter for publication in the same paper that said: "May I also offer my apologies to those who feel the Conservative-led Coalition has let them down. I must acknowledge there has been incompetence at the highest levels of government over the last few months in a number of departments.

"Meanwhile, there has been an emphasis on issues such as gay marriage and reform of the House of Lords, at the expense of explaining the financial situation; a failure to deport dangerous terrorists because of concerns about human rights; and an apparent unwillingness to listen to the concerns of electors."

Far be it from me to fight David Cameron's corner for him, but he has hardly put an "emphasis" on gay marriage. He defended his belief in it in his speech to the annual party conference in October, and in April he told church leaders that he did not want to fall out with them over it. If he has said anything else about it in public in the past 12 months, I confess I missed it.

Mr Davies, on the other hand, has nothing on the home page of his website about the economy, but a whole page of the site is devoted to explaining his opposition to gay marriage. Which just goes to show that the people most obsessed by gay marriage are those who oppose it.

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