Thursday, 19 June 2008

Is David Davis Being Snooped On?

Via Ben Brogan:

...The only thing we've been talking about along the Burma Road for the past few hours is Andy Burnham's extraordinary comment about Shami Chakrabarti and David Davis. In an interview in the latest issue of Progress, the Culture Secretary says he is surprised by those who have been "seduced" by the hero of Haltemprice & Howden's liberal credentials, adding that he finds something:
"very curious in the man who was, and still is I believe, an exponent of capital punishment, having late-night, hand-wringing, heart-melting phone calls with Shami Chakrabarti."

Spy Blog ask a more serious question about the remarks than whether or not the sexual references represent a personal smear against Davis (bolding theirs):
How does Andy Burnham appear to know that David Davis and Shami Chakrabarti are in telephonic contact at all ?

How does he know that such phone calls are "late night" ones ?

Are Labour Ministers being briefed by the the Security Service, GCHQ, the Police or by other snoopers, about the telephone calling patterns and perhaps the content of intercepted phone conversations of either Rt. Hon. David Davis, or of Shami Chakrabarti, or of both of them?

Is such information being supplied by Covert Human Intelligence sources i.e. informers ?

There may be a (relatively) innocent explanation, but as Spy Blog remark, if not then the implications are sinister in the extreme!

Hat-tip: UK Libertarian Party unofficial blog

UPDATE (23:00): It seems (thanks SepticIsle and Spyblog commenter Paul) that the origin of Burnham's suggestion may be an appearance by Shami Chakrabarti on the Today programme, in which she "said that Davis had informed her of his decision and she'd asked him to reconsider" (Paul).

Still, how Burnham got from that to 'hand-wringing, heart-melting phone calls' remains a mystery.

1 comment:

septicisle said...

I don't think there's any conspiracy here; Shami told the Today programme that Davis phoned her on the Wednesday night after the vote to say he was going to resign, and she advised against it. It is a typical New Labour smear operation however.