Blair's defeat: the good, the bad, and the ugly
The good news: the 90 day internment plans of the anti-libertarian Blair government were defeated. Even though the Chancellor of the Exchequer rushed back from Israel (what was he doing there?) and the Foreign Secretary from Russia.
The bad news: an equally outrageous extension of police custody without charge to 28 days was approved. Let’s hope the Lords have the good sense and stomach to fend this off, too.
And the ugly? Well, he will have to go eventually. And maybe today he has realised that his days are numbered. Then again, I wouldn’t count on it. Some just don’t get the message. Thatcher didn’t either. Seems to be a thing about right-wing prime ministers.