Govt desperation shows in cruelty as well as cowardice as Tory rebels again fail to actually rebel

The Tories’ desperation has shown in weakness and cowardice, with the government again making any promise it has to in order to give its supposed ‘rebels’ the excuse they need not to actually rebel.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reported on the Daily Politics programme that the government and the never-quite-rebels had reached yet another compromise – and in spite of knowing May’s insincerity and inability to deliver on last week’s promises, they have shown themselves all too grateful to have an excuse not to do anything but obey.

But that desperation has also shown itself in cruelty.

Labour MPs who are ill would traditionally be allowed to turn up for a few minutes and would then be ‘nodded through’, before leaving with their vote counted. But so desperate are the Tories for every vote – and to rule out every possible Labour vote – that they have refused to follow the tradition today, as the FT‘s Jim Pickard revealed:

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In more honourable times, Labour PM Jim Callaghan once lost a vote of confidence rather than force a sick MP to come in and vote, as John Rogan pointed out:


There appear to be no depths – of desperation or of moral bankruptcy – that Theresa May will not plumb to cling onto the semblance of power and cover the Tories’ complete Brexit chaos and incompetence.

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