A brief note about abstentions

Apr 9, 2010 10:12 · 141 words · 1 minute read

A few correspondents have pointed out that this list doesn’t include MPs who attended the debate, but then “deliberately abstained” [their words]. There’s a reason for that.

Short of examining the contents of their heads, it’s impossible to know whether someone “deliberately abstained” as a protest against the contents of the DE Bill itself, or whether it’s because they haven’t got the balls to stand up to the party whips.

For the purposes of this list, I’ve made the assumption that your average Labour MP is in fact spineless lobby fodder who would vote for the euthanasia of their own grandmothers if a whip told them to and they thought that there was an outside chance that the Daily Mail would approve. Based on careful analysis of voting records at They Work For You, I await any evidence of the contrary.