"Others have pointed to the effect of the referendum on party unity.
"With so many senior figures nailing their colours to opposite sides of the mast, one can only wonder at the effect this had on our Conservative message."
"I felt I had no choice but to do the honest thing by declaring publicly my personal position on what remains the biggest constitutional question we have faced in a generation,"How much of a distraction this would be became apparent during Mr Davies' BBC Ask the Leader debate in Swansea.
"For 30 minutes I fielded questions from an audience mostly concerned with issues beyond the control of our devolved legislature," he said.
"This at a time when I should have been pitching my party's plans for a better health service and education system for Wales."
"cannot and must not be ignored that as a party we need to do more to strengthen voter perception of what makes our brand of conservatism uniquely Welsh, and not allow ourselves to be constrained by Westminster or vulnerable to events across the border".
We must no longer be content to barrack from the side-lines like armchair generals.Alas Mr Davies does not see parity of powers with Scotland as a means for Wales not to be "constrained by Westminster or vulnerable to events across the border".
"We must now roll up our sleeves, go back to the drawing board and develop progressive one nation solutions to the issues that matter most to Wales."
He may be right that Europe may have played a part in his Parties failure last May.
But he may also consider that no Party can "develop progressive one nation solutions to the issues that matter most to Wales." without the real powers to
do so ,
Even under Plaid and Leanne Wood under the current settlement of Devo Dipynbach the scope to make real change is limited.