<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/today-in-poli-9.html">Today in Politics: Burying bad news on 42 days</a>

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As David Davis pointed out today, it was no coincidence that Jacqui Smith announced her retreat over 42-day detention for suspected terrorists at 8.30pm last night, knowing it would be drowned out in media terms by the £37bn bail out for the banks.