April 29, 2009

WE'LL TAKE THEM:

Shock defeat for Government in Commons over Gurkhas (Philip Webster and Richard Ford, 4/29/09, Times of London)

The decision is a massive embarrassment for Gordon Brown and the first defeat of his premiership. MPs gasped when it was announced, believing that the concessions by the Home Secretary would be enough.

Jacqui Smith promised to start a review of criteria by the summer, and said it was highly unlikely that any veterans whose cases were under review would be deported.

But the moves were not enough and, amid delighted cheers from Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs, the Government went down to defeat.

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, said outside the House of Commons. "It's victory for decency, it's the kind of thing I think people want this country to do, that we pay back our obligation our debt of gratitude," he said. "It was great, great day for everyone who believes in fairness and decency in this country".


Sometime being reactionary forces conservatives onto the right side of an Issue rather than the Right side.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2009 12:02 PM
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