Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I'm not going to make a habit of this

But three cheers for the defeat of the 90-day detention limit in the Commons. Not often that you will find me on the same side as Michael Howard and Charlie Kennedy, but I'll make an exception.

Well done to the 41 Labour MPs who voted with their consciences against the bill - names to follow when available. They refused to give in to the barrage of tabloid headlines and a popular movement in favour of the 90-day period. When it comes to public opinion, remember that it would instantly return capital punishment, if you believe all the surveys. Public opinion also started out 80% in favour of ID cards, but that has slipped over time to 50-50. The public are fickle things and we rely on our elected representatives to give more consideration to legislation than you or I might give to a market researcher's questions or to a tabloid phone-in poll.

I also want to believe that this had more to do with principles and less to do with dumping on Tony.

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Unity said...

I also want to believe that this had more to do with principles and less to do with dumping on Tony.

The answer to that may lie in the number of first-term backbenchers who rebelled on this vote and risked their immediate future prospects by voting against a three-line whip.