A recent blogger on this site kindly praised me for backing David Davis immediately he resigned, rather than waiting to see which way the wind was blowing. Of course – I make up my own mind on these things, and wanted to influence what happened next by being quick to judgement.
I am pleased that David Cameron has appointed Dominic Grieve as Shadow Home Secretary. We do need someone in that post in the next few weeks to carry on the campaign in Parliament. Dominic is talented and entirely in agreement with the stance we have been taking in defence of liberty. I look forward to his contributions as the government gets embroiled in battles in the Lords for its grubby legislation. It is also good news that David Cameron has supported David Davis’s view on the issue, to give the lie to any idea that there was a split on it. It is more welcome than the sniping we have got used to at the top on the Labour side.
To those who ask, why did David Davis do it, can’t they for once think that maybe he did it for the reasons he set out? He is a clever enough politician to know that David Cameron’s position is rightly strong in the Conservative party, and there is no question over the leadership. Sometimes commentators can be too clever or cynical. There is no split in Conservative ranks over 42 day detention (save for Miss Widdecombe who is retiring at the next election).