by John Kersey
The fact that a majority of MPs has come to the correct decision that to commit to military action in Syria would be wrong – not to mention obscene, barbarous and a repetition of those lessons from history that should be written in blood upon the walls and floor of the House of Commons – does not mean that “Parliament works”, nor is it likely to herald a new era of popular legislative developments such as a vote on our membership of the European Union or a genuine engagement with the problems caused to Britain by mass immigration. We have seen false dawns of this kind before.
What this vote may well do, however, and it appears that this has already exercised the neoconservatives who dominate the Cabinet, is send a very clear signal to Washington that they cannot continue to treat this country as a client state of the USA.
This outcome is, I think, more than anything else a result of Labour’s move to the Left, and its seeking to establish some degree of distance from the tarnished Blair legacy. It is that legacy with which Cameron – as “heir to Blair” – has become personally identified through his pro-war stance. Today, it has caused him a considerable loss of esteem. May it yet be seen as the beginning of the end for him?