With all the other more pressing issues Prime Minister Gordon Brown has on his mind at the moment, the issue of extending the number of days that terror suspects can be detained in prison without charge to 42 days is one thing he could do without.
Yet, for all his weakness, Brown still thinks this misguided plan can be won in Parliament. He’s determination to force through this unwanted change in the face of opposition from the Conservatives, The Lib Dems, the smaller parties and even around a fifth of his own MPs makes him look more stupid.
Once again he feels he has to tell the newspapers that he is tough on terrorism, yet what he’s doing is creating easy targets and scapegoats for his past decision to follow his predecessor Tony Blair’s support for the ongoing war in Iraq, which could lead to future terrorist attacks in the UK. Does he have some sort of political death wish? Just about every political commentator from left to right say he has.