May 23, 2006

SAVING THEIR OWN:

Blair survives a backbench mutiny over trust schools: Conservatives help Prime Minister push through plans despite rebellion by 69 Labour backbenchers (David Charter, 5/24/06, Times of London)

TONY BLAIR suffered his biggest backbench rebellion since the general election last night but the revolt by 69 MPs failed to stop legislation to create new self-governing trust schools.

They voted for a ballot of parents every time a school wants to adopt the new status but the Government won the day with the support of Conservative MPs. [...]

Fifty-two Labour MPs voted against the Bill’s second reading in March, leaving the Government dependent on Conservative votes to save it. Nick Gibb, the Shadow Schools Minister, said: “Our position is that we are more government than the Government when it comes to this Bill.”


Bill Clinton's entire positive legacy--GATT, NAFTA, & Welfare Reform--similarly depended on the GOP, not Democrats. It would seem parties of the Left have more difficulty reconciling themselves to the Third Way than those of the Right.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2006 10:38 PM
Comments

Of course, OJ. The third way heads closer to the Rights goals and away from the Lefts. It's easier to win then to lose.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at May 23, 2006 11:47 PM

The Left way has been tried and found wanting. Now, the leftists don't believe that, and they may never learn it. Especially in Europe.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 24, 2006 12:09 AM
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