Cameron got tough lesson on risks of too much democracy
There is no dishonour for British Prime Minister David Cameron in the defeat of his government's motion on Syria in the House of Commons last week.
It was the first such defeat of a British Government on a major national security issue in modern times. The great tradition in politics is for unity and bipartisanship in times of adversity and national security threat. So, it was a shock when the prime minister failed to carry the argument in favour of military intervention.
As a former government whip, my political heart missed a beat as I watched the proceedings live on TV and heard the Speaker declare the motion defeated by 13 votes.