Man of principles

BBC: David Davis resigns from Commons

Shadow home secretary David Davis has resigned as an MP.

He is to force a by-election in his Haltemprice and Howden constituency which he will fight on the issue of the new 42-day terror detention limit…

He told reporters outside the Commons: "I will argue in this by-election against the slow strangulation of fundamental British freedoms by this government."

As well as the new 42-day detention limit, Davis also cited CCTV cameras and identity cards as things that are eroding our civil liberties.

An MP with principles. Remember those? Me neither. No doubt Labour will chicken out of standing against him.

Unfortunately, he neglected to mention the smoking ban in his list of assaults on our freedoms.

Meanwhile, in related news…

BBC: No deals on 42 days, says Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has firmly rejected claims he "bought" victory in a Commons vote on terror detention…

Opponents claim Mr Brown swayed the DUP with extra cash for Northern Ireland—but Mr Brown insist they voted on national security grounds.

"There were no deals," Mr Brown told a Downing Street media conference.

I wish I'd been at that press conference. I would like to have asked the following question:

"Tell me, Prime Minister, are you familiar with the phrase pants on fire?"


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