As has been mentioned, davis himself is a cunt of a man, I remember him going on about repealing hate crime laws in the spectator, proper twat.
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/politics/20 ... tical.html
Lovers of freedom, however, should be wary of Davis's narrow interpretation of it. His concern is with the age-old liberties of English common law, which limit state interference.
He is not concerned with freedom from want, for example, which only the state can provide. He has set himself up as a sceptic of the "seriously malfunctioning" Human Rights Act, which Labour introduced. This is based on the European convention which is the last best hope of restricting the government's draconian pre-charge detention plans.
That might seem odd, but Davis champions liberty for partly patriotic reasons. He is less interested in "spurious" European freedoms. One of those is the right to life, and Davis is a personal supporter of hanging.
The Davis brand of liberty is coherent enough, but it is profoundly conservative.
More progressive liberals need to stop and think hard before endorsing a man who worries about the strangling of ancient liberties, but is quite relaxed when it comes to strangling convicted criminals.