A couple of mainstream media journalists blogs, such as Ben Brogan of the Daily Mail and Sam Coates of The Times, are speculating about former Home Office and now Culture Minister Andy Burnham's interview with the NuLabour Progress magazine.
They quote Andy Burnham as saying:
'To people who get seduced by Tory talk of how liberal they are, I find 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.'
Andy Burnham is a former spin doctor, and an experienced politician, so we assume that his weasel words were carefully selected.
The journalists have picked up on the obvious hint of sexual impropriety between the married David Davis, and the married Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the human rights organisation Liberty.
That interpretation might not have been Andy Burnham's intention, but he does have previous form for smearing civil liberties opponents of his Labour Government's repressive legislation.
He was one of the Home Office Ministers who were trying to discredit, both within Parliament using Parliamentary privilege, and in media interviews outside of Parliament, both Simon Davies of Privacy International and the London School of Economics and their Identity Project Report, which contradicted the Government's Identity Card scheme cost estimates, during the passage of the controversial Identity Cards Act 2005.
However, our interpretation of Andy Burnham's remarks is different, and more sinister.
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 ?
When David Davis was raising the case of the British Consul to Romania, James Cameron, in March 2004, we asked: Is the Shadow Home Secretary's email being monitored ?
Since the spirit, if not the letter, of the vague Wilson Doctrine has been flouted in the case of the Labour MP Sadiq Khan and his constituent Babar Ahmad, and since the Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay feels himself to be under Government surveillance, we would not be surprised by such snooping on political opponents.
Communications Traffic Data i.e.who calls whom and when and where they do this, does not appear to be covered by the Wilson Doctrine, and so might be passed on by apparatchiks, eager to curry favour with their Labour political masters.