Wednesday 18 January 2017

Cameron got tough lesson on risks of too much democracy

Published 03/09/2013 | 17:00

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.

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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.

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