In today's Gruaniad David Davis makes a massive faux pas. Talking about the upcopming by election he perpetrated in Haltemprice and Howden he said about his stance of civil liberties:
"It's going to cost us some votes, but it's what I said I'd do. We're not here to score another easy 'Crewe and Nantwich'. I'm sorry that Labour and the Liberal Democrats funked it, but we're still having a good argument and getting the issue raised." This is true, sometimes to politically suicidal lengths."
Now come on Mr Davis, if you hadn't a wee word with that nice Nick Clegg fellow on the night of the vote on 42 days, gained an assurance that if you resigned we would not have put up a candidate from second place against you, would you have stood?
Just what sort of funk are you talking about? Funk is defined as to shrink from in fright or dread or to be afraid of. As a party all our MPs voted against the 42 days detention, not scared there. We didn't stand against you as you intitial said this was about a principle and you were challenging the prinicple or lack of the government. We weren't afraid to support you on that, yet now you wait until after nominations have closed to call us scared.
So David Davis I put it to you that it is actually you who has funked it not the Liberal Democrats.
Hat tips where due to Tony Greaves via Stephen Tall at Lib Dem Voice.