Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Blair suffers defeat - So what?

I see the British media are in a bit of a tizzy over the fact that Tony Blair suffered his first House of Commons defeat as PM.

MPs voted against a proposal to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days without charging them by 322 votes to 291, with 49 Labour MPs rebelling.

Conservative leader Michael Howard said Mr Blair should resign. Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy warned Mr Blair could become a "lame duck" leader.

Pardon my ignorance on this matter but as a neutral observer of this, why is it such a big deal? It's his FIRST defeat. Maybe if it was a recurring thing there would be cause for concern.

Not only that but most of his party's MPs supported the proposal and it only failed because the Tories and the Liberal Democrats rejected it en masse.

Also, as I understand it, popular support was behind the proposal. So again I ask, why is this such a big deal?



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