There were many glum faces among Labour Peers this morning as they trooped into the Lords to eat their CoCo Pops. Many of them had given up their Commons seats with the promise of a Peerage for life and all the acoutrements that accompany it. But more importantly they had given up enhanced pension rights by leaving the Commons a little earlier than they had planned. So they now plan to fight a rearguard action and ally themselves with the Tory diehards who want no reform whatsoever. Some strange alliances are about to be formed.
Last night's vote was ostensibly a free vote, so Labour MPs were alarmed to see the giant whip Tommy McAvoy standing at the entrance to the Aye Lobby, urging them to 'vote for democracy'. Could it be that the Labour whips were encouraging their flock to vote for the 100% option to bugger up the entire process. Judging the look of Jack Straw's face at the end of it, he looked as if he was sucking a lemon. He descibed it as an 'historic step forward'. Perhaps so, but not for his career. He then had to meekly explain that he wouldn't be able to attend Business Questions this morning due to a 'prior engagement'. Best not to go any further.