I presume David Davis is up to something here, above and beyond what he is actually saying. I don’t really care. If this is a Cunning Tory Plot of some kind, then good for Cunning Tory Plotting. If anyone wishes to embarrass Mr Davis in his forthcoming struggle with himself before the baffled electors of Haltemprice and Howden by forming a Lefties for Davis group, then count me in. If I lived there, I’d vote for him on this with no problem at all, just as I’d have voted for Galloway in Bethnal Green in 2005. I’m such a tart, me.
It seems to me that the choice available over this is to outsmart yourself by trying to uncover the "real reasons" behind his resignation or take him at his word and push the issue. And whatever else Davis might have in mind, and whatever you think of his framing it as "fundamental British freedom" this is the issue.
But in truth perhaps 42 days is the one most salient example of the insidious, surreptitious and relentless erosion of fundamental British freedom.
And we will have shortly the most intrusive identity card system in the world. A CCTV camera for every 14 citizens, a DNA database bigger than any dictatorship has, with thousands of innocent children and millions of innocent citizens on it.