In the politics of Westminster Labour will make hay with this vote, 81 Tories voted against the government, already they are saying the Conservative Party is divided and falling apart over the European Union and that Cameron has lost control over his back benchers, which is of course nonsense.
David Cameron should be learning how to play these situations and there have been several opportunities during his premiership to set himself apart but all have been missed, all he had to do was let the other party leaders commit to a 3-line WIP and then say that this was a people’s petition which was not binding on parliament but as a people’s petition and in the name of true democracy he would of course allow a free vote, the 3-line WIP’s of the other parties were undemocratic and showed a fear of democracy.
Cameron should have concluded by confirming that if a referendum was carried it would not be considered until the Euro crisis was over but note would be logged of the outcome, this is just one of several opportunities David Cameron has had to put space between himself and the other party leaders.
David Cameron has had several other, if not so obvious, opportunities to steer a different course but all have been missed and almost certainly not even recognised, they are based around one of the problems the country has with the cuts, which is that the people who caused the problem, the Labour politicians and the Bankers, are not suffering but the people of this country are!
Politics is a funny game, you have to take your chances and recognise the important statements, here are a couple of ways that Cameron could have separated himself from the pack, you may not agree but remember politics is a rum old game!
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