Tony Benn used to carry a small tape recorder to record every exchange he had with the media, no matter how trivial, so exasperated had he become with being deliberately misquoted and misrepresented. I have often wondered whether Jeremy Corbyn should do the same. After the ‘grand finale’ of the Syria debate, however, it occurred to me that Hillary Benn could safely leave any such gadget at home.
The debate showcased some of the best and worst of the Parliamentary process. The central hours included the best. Contributions from all sides were listened to with consideration and respect – with some of the most impressive arguments coming from dissenting voices on the Conservative benches.
The tone changed dramatically however when the vote drew near and the chamber re-filled with those previously absent – arriving with all the decorum of friends late to a party because they’d spent too long in…
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