I've been following events since midday when it became apparent that senior Tory MP David Davis was to resign, in response to the 42-day terror limit vote. I've read most of the reports in mainstream press, on prominent UK blogs and tried to piece together my thoughts.
Undoubtedly his resignation has taken everybody by surprise. Nick Robinson, the BBC's political editor has said "This resignation is quite extraordinary and without precedent that I can think of in British politics and means that politics is now utterly unpredictable."
Well what to make of it all? This piece entitled The Passion of David Davis I think is one of the most illuminating piece I've read thus far. The piece concludes:
Perhaps we are so used to insincerity in Westminster that a heartfelt protest which contravenes the rules of career politicians is denounced as mad. Who in their right minds gives up a surefire path to the Home Office? Politics is about more than taking safe bets, Davis would say. And he has decided to prove it.
Food for thought.
Update: Unsually, for a political blogger, Beaman supports the 42 day, or even 90 day detention without charge period.
It's worth noting that I, too, were in favour of 90 days. That was before I read this.
God, I'd make a terrible politician wouldn't I? I'd be know as flip-flop, yo-yo, or wobbler or some other gem.