Friday, 13 June 2008

Well done David

I think it's fair to say that people are tired of politicians who think that politics is the art of the possible. It has been a complaint for time immemorial that politicians think only of the next few weeks, or at most the next election.

This week, we have seen this in spades, but we have also seen its converse. Labour's grubby search for votes in favour of the 42 day law was politics at its most efficient (I hesitate to say "at its best"). Every potential Labour rebel was clearly made to understand that this was a virility test for their Glorious Leader and that they either voted in favour of it or they hastened the loss of their job, their office, and their expenses claim form. And we saw the result.

We also saw one exception. We saw a career politician actually stand up for what he thought was right. We saw him put his salary where his mouth is.

Well done David.

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