Gordon Brown faced a fresh challenge to his authority last night after a leading Labour rebel promised to campaign for David Davis in the renegade Tory's forthcoming by-election.
Bob Marshall-Andrews yesterday defied the Prime Minister to sack him, adding that he hoped other Labour MPs would join the former shadow home secretary's one-man crusade for civil liberties.
'They can't muzzle the whole of the party, and it seems to me foolish in the extreme in the present climate to start describing civil liberties as a stunt,' he told The Observer. 'I have had emails asking, "Why does it take a Tory to say this"?'
Meanwhile, Unity accuses the Libertarian Party of being "dilettante keyboard warriors" over at Liberal Conspiracy. Unity might possibly have a point if it wasn't so tragically obvious that his support for civil liberties was seriously conflicting with his membership of the Labour Party.
I have the greatest respect for Unity's investigatory powers and forensic ability to fillet information but, just occasionally, I find it somewhat difficult to square his vociferous passion for our social freedoms with his continued financial support of NuLabour.
So, given that Unity finds LPUK's actions over this "rather a disappointment"—and wilfully conflates my personal mischief-making exhortation to send Brown a white feather with official LPUK policy—and he won't back Davis, what is his solution?
You can still send a positive message if only you organise, campaign for and turn out en mass on polling day and deliberately spoil your ballot paper as a vote for the restoration of civil liberties lost over recent years.
If no one will go in to bat for the restoration of liberties, then that is what I’ll be arguing for and supporting over the next few weeks, and not David Davis.
Right. Yup, that's a solution, right enough. Another alternative of course, Unity, is that you stand in the constituency under a banner of "the restoration of liberties".
Is it that you just cannot bring yourself actually to act against the Labour Party, or could it be that you are nothing more than one of those "dilettante keyboard warriors" that you obviously so despise?
In the meantime, Bishop Hill has already countered Unity's arguments and he comes to a very simple conclusion.
And there it is. There's one guy with a set menu. Don't walk out of the restaurant because he doesn't offer a la carte. All the other places are shut.