Another day another disaster for the government. The wonderful thing about Gordon Brown's succession of cock ups is that they are largely the consequence of his short termist partisan maneuvers blowing up in his face.
Take the 10p tax rate originally it appeared to have been introduced to wrongfoot David Cameron before he responded to Brown's last budget, and at the time it worked very well. The long term consequences didn't come into it.
Then there was the fiasco over the non existent election, where Brown sought to exploit his honeymoon popularity by allowing speculation about an election wrongfoot the Conservative Party during their conference, it had precisely the opposite effect. The disgraceful politically motivated visit to Iraq during that period was in my opinion the tipping point.
The seemingly highly calculated compromises over the Olympics ( He won't attend the opening cermony but will attend the closing ceremony) the EU not-a-constitution (he signed it, but not publically with all the other heads of government) have all made Brown look ridiculous.
The 42 days detention bill appears to have initially been conceived to make the Tories and Lib Dems look week on terrorism but looks like making them look like defenders of civil liberties.
Brown's problems all stem from his cynical decisions to place partisan advantage ahead of the national interest and as such are thoroughly deserved.