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Long on integrity?

  • Michael Crick
  • 5 Mar 08, 10:36 PM

So the government won a comfortable majority of 63 in its efforts to stop a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The Conservatives emerged for once as the most united party on an European matter, whilst the Lib Dems, normally at one on EU matters, saw a quarter of their MPs defy the whips.

It was a lively debate, and my favourite moment came when Peter Lilley tried to compare the Foreign Secretary David Miliband with the corrupt and long-deceased former governor of Louisiana, Huey Long. Long was once asked by an aide how he would explain to people why he'd ditched an election pledge. "Tell 'em I lied," Long is reported to have said.

When Lilley said Miliband and his colleagues didn't even have the integrity of Huey Long, the deputy speaker said it was un-Parliamentary language and he should back down at once. "I withdraw that remark," Mr Lilley duly said. "They have the integrity of Huey Long."

After the laughter had died down, Mr Lilley was forced to withdraw that comment too!

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  • 1.
  • At 11:12 AM on 06 Mar 2008,
  • barry colley wrote:

about time this government was gone time for another revolution where are cromwells ancestors

  • 2.
  • At 12:00 AM on 12 Mar 2008,
  • GORDON wrote:

For 15 years I was a member and activist in the Labour Party now I am not a member and I don't even vote Labour, I am a socialist not a Conservative, new Labour should tell the truth to the people that they are no longer a socialist party. And why the unions are still contributing to the new Labour I do not understand, what the union should be doing is creating a proper Socialist Labour Party to represent the poorest in this country

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