They really don't seem to know David Davis very well. Briefing this sort of thing to the press is likely to have the very opposite effect to the one someone clearly desires. David Davis won't allow himself to become pigeon holed as a single issue politician and I know he has no intention of doing so. Rosa Prince's article continues...
Describing Mr Davis as a "brave and courageous man," the Tory leader held out the prospect of a return to the front bench at some point in the future, although party sources indicated that the move would not come this side of a general election, if ever.This sort of unnamed spinning helps no one. It makes the 'party sources' look sour and bitter and at odds with what David Cameron has said publicly. Briefings like this, I had thought, belong to the Tory Party of the past.
David Davis made his own decision to leave the Shadow Cabinet. No one forced him out. I doubt very much whether he expects to be offered a return now, or possibly ever. Attempting to buy his loyalty with a meaningless role isn't likely to work. But the fact is, his loyalty doesn't need to be bought.
He, like the rest of us, wants to see the return of a Conservative government. If anyone seriously thinks he is going to be some sort of Michael Heseltine figure, prowling the backbenches, cultivating dissent, they have learned nothing from the last few weeks. There was no fall-out with David Cameron. There was no split. There was no disagreement about policy. The media would love there to have been, but there wasn't.
I believe the respect the two of them have for each other is intact. And for that reason I can't really believe David Cameron will offer David Davis a meaningless role and expect him to accept it. The party already has a liberty tsar. He's called Dominic Grieve. He's the Shadow Home Secretary.
UPDATE 10.20pm: Half an hour ago, Rosa Prince updated her original story on the Telegraph website, which is now headlined DAVID DAVIS TO TURN DOWN CIVIL LIBERTIES OFFER.
UPDATE 10.30pm: Labour Minister Tom Harris has a unique insight into David Cameron's plans for David Davis.