The opposition of David Davis to new snooping laws reminds us he’s a rare beast: a Tory with principles.

On emergency communications data legislation, Kevin Maguire, The Daily Mirror

David Davis, a rightwing Tory who would not exactly have been to my tastes in days of yore, whose crusade against the erosion of liberties should mark him out as one of the political heroes of the age.

Mass surveillance, Mass surveillance, Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Not one Liberal Democrat MP has sought to follow David Davis and become an unimpeachable defender of civil Liberties. If you doubt me, ask who is the Lib Dem Davis? Tim Farron, Julian Huppert, Simon Hughes? No, I can’t remember a word they have said either.

As a defender of civil liberties, Nick Cohen, The Guardian

When you’ve managed to cheese off both the Lib Dems and David Davis, you know you’ve got quite a legislative fight on your hands.

Draft Communications Bill, Isabel Hardman, The Spectator

The MPs, led by the former shadow home secretary David Davis and the Tory GP Sarah Wollaston, have asked the chair of the powerful commons public accounts committee, Margaret Hodge, to establish whether evidence about the drug was concealed. The letter to Hodge adds: ‘In the event that your committee finds Roche has deliberately concealed evidence which shows Tamiflu to be simply a placebo with side effects, you might wish to consider a recommendation that the government seeks repayment of the £500m cost.’

PAC Letter in The Guardian, Nicholas Watt, The Guardian