The Government and the authority of Gordon Brown has just been dealt a fatal blow, as MPs form all parties filed into the lobby to support the Gurkhas.
Men who give their lives in combat for this country have a right to live in this country.
Joanna Lumley is an amazing campaigner, who has done much to highlight the dreadful way in which the Government has treated the Gurkhas, prompting her to announce that she was “ashamed of this administration”.
It’s about what is fair, right, good and decent. None of those values were present in the voting lobby, as Labour whips tried to coerce and force members through the lobby, to support the Prime Minister. A group of twenty or so Labour MPs stood outside the lobbies as whips worked on them, pushing and cajoling into the lobby, which stood for all that was wrong, unfair, indecent and bad .
The Labour whips on the lobby doors panicked and shouted towards the lobby to those doing the bullying, “only one minute to go”. I moved into the chamber to take my seat just as a loyal Labour MP moved from within his lobby to whip on the door, and said “it’s not looking good.” I have no idea if those twenty ‘we are trying our hardest to be brave’ MPs made it through the door.
When the result of the vote was announced in the chamber, you could hear a pin drop.
What a victorious day for decency.
The Labour MP who moved to the lobby door and told the whip it’s not looking good, epitomises all that is wrong with the government. They have a warped perception of what the country wants and of what is good.
Today is a good day. For every Gurkha and for the very courageous, beautiful, and doughty campaigner, Joanna.