Tuesday 5 March 2013

Red Rose, Red Flag

Can anyone think of a good reason why last night's four Labour rebels over secret courts were all elected representatives of the Duchy of Lancaster?

Hazel Blears (Salford and Eccles) is one thing. But I have a huge amount of respect for Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East), and no small amount for George Howarth (Knowsley North and Sefton East) and Jack Straw (Blackburn). What were they thinking?

A rebellion both by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, and by the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, is not to be dismissed lightly. But, after most of his co-partisans voted for this monstrosity, Hughes now has to explain, if he can, quite what his party can still so much as pretend to be for.

Whereas, after the monstrous assaults on civil liberties during the Blair years, Labour shows increasing signs that it does once again know what it is for.

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