Outburst against David Davis by former chief-of-staff: Why now?

David Davis (left) and Diane Abbott.

We know there is at least some evidence to corroborate Mr Chapman’s claims – the incident involving Diane Abbott in a House of Commons bar is well-documented.

The BBC has moved to deny claims about Mr Davis and John Humphrys – but then it would, wouldn’t it? The corporation is fighting a losing battle to continue to describe itself as impartial and, ironically, we’ll all have to wait for genuinely impartial evidence before believing anything either way.

But why has Mr Chapman come out with his claims now? Here they are, courtesy of Jim Waterson on Twitter:

Is this former Mail journo trying to stop Mr Davis from making a complete dog’s breakfast of Brexit?

Considering his loyalties, that is a distinct possibility. Leaving the EU is an important part of the populist right-wing agenda at the moment, and failures of the kind being suggested by Mr Chapman would really screw it up.

Or is he simply pointing out that Mr Davis is the UK equivalent of Donald Trump – ignoring his advisors and “winging it” on issues of huge international importance?

What do you think?

The former chief of staff at the Brexit Department has launched an extraordinary tirade against his old boss David Davis, saying he had witnessed him being “drunk, bullying and inappropriate”.

In a stream of early-morning tweets, James Chapman made a series of astonishing claims about the man leading Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU, including that he:

• “Leered” over Labour MP Diane Abbott while allegedly “drunk”

• Has been “working 3 day week since day one”

• Keeps former Ukip leader Nigel Farage on “speed dial”

• Could get easy rides in BBC interviews because of close relationships with top presenters

• Conducted extraordinary outbursts against foreign leaders

While Mr Davis was doing a series of interviews on breakfast television and radio, Mr Chapman called for Remain-supporting MPs “of honour” such as Chancellor Philip Hammond, Jeremy Hunt, Justine Greening, and Sajid Javid to quit the cabinet.

Mr Chapman, also a former political editor of the Daily Mail, alleged that Mr Davis “would never prep for” Radio 4 Today programme interviews with presenter John Humphrys because the two were close to the extent of going on “holiday” together – a claim denied by a BBC source.

Read more: David Davis’s former chief of staff launches extraordinary tirade against ‘drunk, bullying and inappropriate’ Brexit chief

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2 thoughts on “Outburst against David Davis by former chief-of-staff: Why now?

  1. NMac

    I detect the foul stench of corruption here, but of course it would be denied. Doesn’t surprise me that Davis is lazy and only does a three-day week – hasn’t someone who knows him described him as “thick”?

  2. marcusdemowbray

    If all true it could really cause further alarm in the Tory Party. They are an exceptionally slippery, tenacious and deceitful bunch of crooks who will cling onto power using every trick in the book, so I doubt these revelations will deal a fatal blow to those arrogant, anti-democratic tyrants, be could be another major crack.

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