Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tony Blair gets a setback

Tony Blair received his first defeat in 8 years when his anti-terror bill was defeated in Commons over police powers to detain terrorist suspects for 90 days without charge.

The vote went 291 for the government and 322 against, with roughly 50 abstentions...
the government was forced to accept a 28-day detention amendment which it had rejected earlier. Given the large Labour majority, this signifies a significant rebellion in the Labour ranks and may be a sign that Blair's tenure may be limited.

In any event, it is a surprising victory for the forces of appeasement. Especially given the lessons of Le Jihad Francais.
Prime Minister Blair loses crucial parliamentary vote on anti-terror bill

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