Norman Tebbit on democracy and principle:
"There were many fine speeches that night, but the government whips had done their work well, the amendment being defeated by 39 votes to 314, with the official opposition abstaining. It was not a good night for Parliament or the Conservative Party and it poses the question of how an elector can decide how to vote if those elected can so casually turn their coats in exchange for office." (my emphasis)
Our Norm points out so eloquently - and in fewer words - that which I have maintained for some time: that a ministerial position and company car does concentrate the mind so!