David Davis resigns over 42-day detention

Bleeding heck! Story here.

He cites Magna Carta too. Surveillance society, Parliament Act, database state, the intrusion of the state into people’s lives, etc.

It’s politics, of course, but it’s still a brave and bold move. I think it’s also very cunning: if Cameron should falter, he’ll be the obvious choice.

Oh, bold certainly. It’ll get a lot of attention and the bigger a hammering the government gets over this 42-days nonsense, the better.

But brave? I don’t know. If you look at the last General Election results in Haltemprice and Howden in 2005 (Davis won by 5,000) and consider that the Lib Dems aren’t even going to field a candidate, the chances of Davis not being re-elected are around 0.

I think it’s brave because, unlike a General Election, all eyes are going to be on him. If he slips up, or has a skeleton in his closet, it’s going to be curtains.