I only ask because, you see, when the Freedom of Information legislation was going through Parliament, David Davis (he of the flexible love of our constitution) was one of the MPs who opposed the idea that a Government minister could veto the release of information:
A cross-party alliance of senior MPs was formed yesterday to attack the Home Office for giving ministers wide-ranging powers of veto in the Freedom of Information Bill … Others who joined the call for fellow MPs to back cross-party amendments to the Bill included David Davis (C, Haltemprice and Howden) [The Independent, 31 March 2000]
So now that Jack Straw has used the veto power to keep secret Cabinet minutes relating to going to war with Iraq, surely David Davis – the doughty champion of freedom, liberty and free chocolate for all – is speaking out against the use of a veto he doesn’t think should exist?
Er, yes well. Perhaps he’s been gagged by David Cameron?