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Wow, what a great opposition we have here in the UK. If this comment by Spy Blog on the Samizdata post “We have not yet begun to fight right”, is correct.
““I still can’t quite figure out what happened, but am starting to think the timing is a matter of Tory electoral and media strategy.”
Has there been any explanation from the Conservatives why most of them abstained but 24 of them, including their front bench Home Affairs team voted with the Labour Government on the final vote ?
If they had all abstained or had all voted against the Bill which, due to the lack of enough Labour rebels would still have been passed, I might have understood their position.
To appear not to understand that the crucial and most evil part of the scheme is the centralised biometric database rather than the ID SmartCard, after all the letters, articles and briefings which they have received seems very fishy.
Now I just feel betrayed by the Tories as well as by Labour.
Posted by Watching Them, Watching Us at April 1, 2006 01:57 AM”
Maybe they didnt want to upset the consultant gravy train that this is going to provide.
Fascinating that the take up of over 61million (Yep thats the whole population of the UK!) is as close to 50/50 Male/Female as you are likely to get. Be also interesting to know how many of the 1.4 million registered bands are male and the sex breakdown in the 50,000 groups they have.
So Murdoch paid under $10 per person to get contact and interest details for the key spender 16 -35 age group.