I'd done a lot of filming for tonight's edition of Dragon's Eye about a private sector provider of colonoscopy services for suspected bowel cancer sufferers and others - but Lord Elis Thomas and David Davis's resignation pushed the story off the screen. I felt deeply partisan watching the coverage of the Davis resignation, finding Wayne David's contribution absolutely appalling - Westminster politics at its worst. At least he put it on the screen for us all to see. As always Jonathon Evans was professional and logical. He's an old friend of the ex-Shadow Home Secretary, and knows just how concerned about the growth of the 'police state' in Britain he is. It really was shocking yesterday to read about a British Government offering consessions for votes to help Gordon Brown climb out of a hole. I really do feel alarmed by what seems a total disregard for civil liberties by the Labour Party. Just as the approach of the BBC's Nick Robinson (and others) is deeply depressing. The idea that a politician could put his career on the line for a genuinely held personal belief doesn't seem to register on his radar.
Now I've no idea what the outcome of David's decision will be, but he's contesting an election on a point of principle that the Telegraph tells us that 69% of people disagree with him. Labour have clearly decided that the line to spin is that this is a 'stunt'. A hugely successful politician, who has consistently been one of the Conservatives most successful performers, potentially sacrifices his career - and they call it a 'stunt'. It looks unpleasant, and I suspect that it will reinforce the growing perception of Labour as the 'Nasty Party'. Its what Labour deserves.