Last week, the Tories performed a craven surrender when they accepted several opposition amendments to its Budget bill without even attempting to defeat them. The government was running scared after a decision by the DUP to side with the Opposition during votes on the bill – a defeat in a finance bill would have counted as a no-confidence vote, so the terrified Tories simply chose not even to try to win.
It was only the third time in UK history that a government has failed to gets its finance bill through Parliament intact.
That fact seems to have escaped former Tory Cabinet minister Damian Green – and his BBC interviewer – when he appeared on BBC News this morning to claim the Tories have not lost their majority and their ability to govern:
The Tories did not ‘just’ get their finance bill through. By accepting amendments in order to duck a potential no-confidence scenario, they got a different finance bill through. It was a deep humiliation for the government and its ‘leader’.
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