Has Gordon Brown done enough? An interesting post in Coffee House by Peter Hoskin
And so Gordon Brown has backed-down over the Embryology Bill. Now he won’t be forcing Labour MPs to vote in favour of the Bill outright – instead, they’ll get a free vote on three of its particularly controversial parts. Andrew Porter gets it spot-on over at Three Line Whip – it’s a great shame that Brown ignored the wishes of so many in his party for so long, only to buckle as soon as it looked like there’d be a wholesale rebellion. In this light, I doubt too many Labour MPs will be that grateful to Brown, even if the outcome was the one they wanted. Once again, our Prime Minister has been damaged by his own dithering.
It is percentage politics, with a reckoning at the end. And what does he expect? From the BBC News website (and hoping he has done his maths properly),
But the prime minister expects all Labour MPs to back the whole bill when it comes to the final Commons vote.