Amid the many postings from various bloggers who like me were disgusted with the Liberal Democrat Party line over the EU referendum yesterday, there has been a constant stream of unhappiness at the MP's who followed the party line and abstained on the vote. But is this fair ?
I didn't agree with the party line and had I been an MP I would most certainly have voted for the amendment, but should we be critical of MPs who stay loyal to the party and follow a three line whip ?
Loyalty is something that is easily lost, and we should admire our MPs for accepting they have pledged to support the party line and the leader. Sadly though, these MPs have been let down badly by the party, and not the other way round.
I disagree with the way they chose not to vote, indeed I think some of their constituents will also let their anger be known at some point in the future. But our anger should be aimed more at the incompetent leadership of the party that chose to steer this course.
Another point also worth reiterating is that the course chosen by Nick Clegg was also the policy shared by Chris Huhne. Sadly, understanding of the issues here and the way it played with the British public was something out leadership candidates had no idea about.
The loyalty of MPs to Nick Clegg has made the MPs look bad. In truth, the leadership has taken advantage of this loyalty in an appalling way.