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Posted Wednesday, 27 June 2007 at 09:35

I spent today’s historic PMQs sitting on the step next to the Deputy Chief Whip; I would be lying if I said that the sight of Quentin Davies, sat two up behind Tony Blair, hadn’t bothered me at all – it was in fact a sight which made me quite ill.

For 20 years Mr Davies has, supposedly with conviction, opposed and fought against the principles of socialism and New Labour. To witness him nodding, smiling, and agreeing with every statement of praise heaped upon the outgoing Prime Minister, was quite shocking.

Sat inanely grinning on the bench, propped up between two Blair babes, he embodied all that people believe to be cynical, shallow and self-serving about politicians.

He will probably be in the House of Lords within the next few years - that will have been the deal. His own ‘self-importance’ meant more to him than the people who voted for him; they wanted him to represent their principles and beliefs. And what about all those poor people who for 20 years have delivered his leaflets and help run his constituency?

I hope he sleeps well at night - I couldn’t. No prize is worth betraying your principles for. Maybe that’s the point, maybe he never had any? I am going to miss Tony Blair – there is absolutely no way Gordon Brown is going to be anywhere near as interesting or as funny. I suspect that PMQs is about to become very boring.

Tony Blair was directly in my line of vision. There was a strong feeling in the chamber that we were witnessing a very historic event – as the Father of the House, Alan Williams MP (Swansea West), said, he led the Labour Party out of 18 years in the wilderness into 10 years in government, no small achievement.

When the Labour MPs stood up and clapped, I said to the Deputy, “Shouldn’t we?  He is after all the Prime Minister” – just after I said it David Cameron stood up and mentioned for us all to join him, which, in the spirit of the occasion was absolutely the right thing to do.

The Long goodbye.

Byeck said:
Responded: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Nadine, You took part in a standing ovation for the man who took us to war on a lie and who has tied us even closer to the EU, an organisation who's auditors refuse to sign off their accounts. Great judgement gal Byeck
Mike H said:
Responded: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
I had a suspicion that Mr Davies might find himself at the centre of a few blogs today. It's a shame that his principles don't extend to resigning his seat and asking his constituents to show their support for him in a by-election. On Newsnight he said he has been a long-term supporter of a fully-elected upper house, and that it would be incongruous for him to take a seat there We'll see, eh?
Ian said:
Responded: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
By moving onto the Labour benches Davies embodies all that is farcical about modern politics.The electorate tend to think there is no difference between the parties and you're all the same.He sought his refuge in Labour but would have retained a modicum of respect if he had decided to be an Independent MP,but the turncoat chose redcoat.It demonstrates to us that some politicians treat it as a game.No wonder we are turned off through such antics as this.
Ronnie said:
Responded: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
I agree with your sentiments Byeck, but you've got to applaud a man who managed to fool so many people for so long. But he has done untold damage to the electorate's faith and trust in politicians. We could do with the truth and direct answers to direct questions, it would make a pleasant change!
Carl Cross said:
Responded: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Agreed Nadine. I am constantly amazed when MPs of any party defect. How is it possible to have been so committed to a party and a set of political principles that one seeks office, to have worked so hard, to have campaigned in election after election, to have endured the mudslinging and the insults (regardless of whose side you're on) then reach the House of Commons and then, after many years, suddenly change sides entirely?! As you say, presumably these people have no principles. I would feel such shame at letting so many people down and being seen to be such a dreadful fraud that the only honourable course would be to step down from office or trigger a by-election and fight under new colours. How refreshing it would be for any politician to do this!!
Curly said:
Responded: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
It's been a while since we witnessed a rat joining a sinking ship.
Dave said:
Responded: Thursday, 28 June 2007
I can imagine the sight of Quentin Davies making you feel ill, but I wonder, given his service to the Conservative Party, that he maybe not of 'sound mind'.It is certainly a strange thing to do. The Labour Party is not in a hung parliament, Davies is not a high profile 'celebrity' politician.How can anyone from either Party ever trust this man again.It, of course, brings into play the question of do we vote for the person or Party when it comes to elections.This coincides with the question og Brown being the Prime Minister with no mandate.
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