David Davis is so concerned over what he sees as threats to the Magna Carta that he has resigned his seat to recontest it. Unfortunately he apparently hadn't heard of Magna Carta when he voted in favour of 28 day detention.
The brave man phoned Nick Clegg to make sure the LibDems (the main opposition in his constituency) wouldn't stand against him, before making his annoucement. After all it's no fun really putting your job on the line. (At the last election Davis got 47.5% of the vote, the LibDems got 36.8% of the vote and Labour 12.7% in that constituency).
I don't know what to make of Davis. He claims he is in favour of Magna Carta, but was happy to ditch it when voting in favour of 28 day detention. He is favour of Capital Punishment, where an innocent man can get hung by mistake (as has happened in the past), but is against extending detention by two weeks to 42 days (even though if the person concerned is innocent they will get compensated at eye-watering rates, which means the crown will only take the step if they are really worried). Which is worse - being detained by mistake for two extra weeks with compensation or being hung by mistake?
What a mish-mash of principles. I think what is really going on is that he had a bust-up with David Cameron. That's the only way to explain it - because if the Tories are so sure they are going to win a general election, and certain that 42 days is wrong, then why not simply wait till after the election and repeal the Act?
This action of Davis makes sense only if David Cameron has signalled to him that he has no intention of repealing 42 days. Which means Gordon Brown was right that the Tories were being hypocrites in the House last night - and inspired for quoted Conservative Home at the Conservatives.
I think Labour should not contest this election as it is clearly a private battle between Davis and Cameron. It will be fun watching Davis tilt windmills against UKIP and the Monster Raving Loony Party.
One thing is sure - Davis' career as shadow home secretary is over. Considering how many Labour scalps he's taken, the Home Secretary will be very cheerful today.