Brown's desperate attempt to bolster his leadership, embodied in raising the pre-charge detention limit for terrorism suspects to 42 days, rallied most of the pliant troops who put party politics before the protection of our civil liberties. But not without some last minute horse-trading.
I've never often had an occasion to agree with Diane Abbott, but she rightly accused the government of:
"trading ancient civil liberties in a grubby bazaar"Every concession Brown gave the wavering backbenchers was bought with another scrap of our freedom.
Kudos to Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) and Chris Mullin (Sunderland South), the only Tyne/Wear Labour MPs with the cojones to stand up against Brown. Respect to all who voted against this disgusting charade.
PS - the Unionists where whores under the Tories. They're still on their back - but taking Brown's shilling.