I’m not employed for my intellect, David Davis tells Tory MEP pal

Written by Dods staff on 6 June 2018 in Diary

Watch: The Brexit secretary's behind-closed-doors banter was picked up by a camera crew in Brussels.

“Not all the early signs point to the Brexit secretary being a reckless bluffer who is wildly out of his depth,” stated a 2017 Guardian column by Rafael Behr. “But most of them do.”

This year former Vote Leave campaign chief Dominic Cummings went a bit further, when he took aim at both Davis and cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood in a tweet. He ventured: “DD is manufactured exactly to specification as the perfect stooge for Heywood: thick as mince, lazy as a toad, & vain as Narcissus.”

But the Brexit secretary is clearly taking the criticisms about his intellegence levels on the chin.

Earlier this year, he told LBC Radio that "doesn't have to be very clever" to do his job. And now he has been overheard talking himself down yet again in a private meeting with Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman. 

In the final episode of Channel 4’s documentary on life in the European Parliament, Carry on Brussels, the camera crew follow the pair into a private meeting and continue filming from behind the closed door. Their mic picks up the MEP asking the Brexit secretary if he’s been finding the talks tough. To which David replies: 

“Well … I’m really probably employed for my character more than my intellect.”




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