Syria vote means political pain for David Cameron


A defeat in Parliament on matters of peace and war is without modern precedent.

The question is, what does it mean?

First and foremost - Britain will not take part in any military attack on Syria.

America may press ahead regardless but the principal advocate of a tough response to the Assad regime has been neutered.

The prime minister has lost control of his own foreign and defence policy and as a result he will cut a diminished figure on the international stage.

Some strong advocates of the transatlantic relationship worry that America may now question the value and reliability of Britain as an ally.

It is - perhaps - here at home, though, that David Cameron will feel the most political pain.

The rupture with his own party which he did so much to try to repair is back on public display.

What's more, the man who is determined to replace him - Ed Miliband - has been given the opportunity to disprove the claims that he is weak - and will walk taller as a result.

The repercussions of this vote could be felt for a very long time to come.

Nick Robinson Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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    Comment number 374.

    I think nick Robinson could not have got this more wrong. Even Ed Miliband looks terrified that he appears to the electorate to be the double dealing weasel most people know he is. Cameron mis calculated but at least he was acting according to principle. I suspect in time he will come out of this far better than Miliband who totally proved he cannot be trusted to be prime minister.

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    Comment number 373.

    Dave makes it up as he goes along. His laissez-fair leadership allowing his minions to prosecute whatever outlandish right wing, typically American inspired programs backed by twisted and regressive ideology of the "Law according to Margaret"

    I expect the poor will suffer the consequences of this slight

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    Comment number 372.

    'political pain'?? it always amazes me how naval gazing we are, those of us lucky enough to be safe from political oppression, hunger, etc. how does the pain of breathing & dying of Sarin poisoning compare to so-called 'political pain'? please, think before composing smug political commentary.

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    Comment number 371.

    This is simply yet another example of Cameron's slap dash way of doing business. He rushes through everything he does without thinking things through. Recalling parliament ahead of the UN inspectors return and starting writing up the report on their findings when the House of Commons summer holiday period was finishing very soon anyway was just another example of DC acting before thinking.

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    Comment number 370.

    JH66 352
    Dave may have tried to restrain his tetchiness in response to events but not so you. I was summarising in a blunt, even Sun-esque, way the basics of the situation as a sort of antidote to the 'central office' rationalised spin evident in many posts. Irrespective of your view of the Coalition's proposals the sheer incompetence of their deployment is clear for all to see.


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