Dead Men Left

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Race to the bottom

Cause for small celebrations:

Tony Blair suffered a devastating blow to his authority last night as Labour MPs helped to inflict the first defeat of his eight-year premiership by decisively voting down plans to detain terrorist suspects for up to 90 days.

What's worrying is that, as it decays, the Blair regime is becoming increasingly radical. This year we've had the education White Paper, extraordinarily Draconian "anti-terror" legislation, moves towards reinstating nuclear power, the proposed replacement for Trident, ASBO frenzy, the partial privatisation of the NHS... much of this, as the last link suggests, has come a cropper, but you have to wonder how many lunatic schemes Number 10 is going to squeeze out before Blair finally falls through the floor.