Tory MP David Davis, 60, went 'walkabout', Aborigine-style, last year, quitting as shadow Home Secretary, ostensibly to campaign against 42-day detention for terrorist suspects. Some thought he found it difficult to adjust to the leadership of David Cameron, having gone for the top job himself. Now I see he's speaking at the Libertarian Alliance's annual conference in October. As an ex-Territorial SAS man, does he agree with their view - announced yesterday - that the Second World War was 'the greatest single disaster in British and perhaps world history' and - as for our war leader Winston Churchill - they wished that 'the Fuzzy-Wuzzies had tried a little harder at Omdurman (where Churchill fought in 1898 during the Sudan campaign) and planted a spear in his belly.'? Perhaps Davis's walkabout isn't quite over.Er, just one problem. The David Davis they refer to as speaking at the Libertarian Alliance conference is not the former Shadow Home Secretary, he is the
The Mail has two problems. Firstly, they clearly did not even both to ring the LA or check their website, and they obviously didn't call David Davis himself. Secondly, their use of the word "ostensibly" could be construed as malicious.
But the main point is this. Mainstream journalists delight in accusing bloggers of not checking facts, yet this is a clear example of the very same thing happening in a daily newspaper column.
I haven't spoken to DD, but if I were him I might well be asking for an apology and a donation to charity. After all, this isn't the first time this column has got something terribly wrong about David Davis.
What's the betting this story disappears from the online version of the Ephraim Hardcastle column within the hour. I shall be watching...