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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lib Dems finally take a decision - to sit on the fence

Lib Dem fence sitting has long been the butt of political jokes, but Calamity Clegg has taken the position to a new level. For what is believed to be the first time in history, a political party has issued a three-line whip requiring all Lib Dem MPs to abstain in the vote on the EU Constitution/Treaty. Frontbenchers who refuse to comply have been threatened with dismissal.

It really is quite amazing for a party that wants to be taken seriously can't manage to decide one way or another on a matter as crucial as our constitution. There are rumours of considerable dissent within Lib Dem ranks, but we will have to wait and see whether that converts to any rebellion. Given that the Lib Dem manifesto pledged a referendum and an organisation backed by Nick Clegg on the matter has called for them to vote for a referendum, surely there must be a few Lib Dem MPs with a conscience?

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