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  • Friday, February 03, 2006

    Blairites seek punishments for dissenters

    Dissent is not allowed in Blair's Labour party, this report from today's Independent:

    The Chief Whip, Hilary Armstrong, who has been accused of bungling the votes, is also expected to crack down on Labour MPs to force through highly controversial measures on ID cards and anti-terror laws. They will be prevented from using "slips" to excuse themselves from Commons votes and will have foreign travel curtailed. However, some ministers have privately discussed taking tougher action against one of the veteran rebel ringleaders, Bob Marshall Andrews, a QC and a leading campaigner against the war in Iraq. He was privately accused of colluding with Tory opponents of the religious hatred legislation. Some ministers want him to be deselected from his Medway constituency. "We don't mind him voting against the Government, but colluding with the Tories is beyond the pale," one Labour insider said.
    Of course they mind about him voting against their plans. It's ridiculous to suggest otherwise. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


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