The House of Commons has allowed the Government to win all of today's votes on the Lords' amendments to the Identity Cards Bill 2005.
All the sensible, well argued speeches were from those (on both sides of the House) who opposed the Government e.g. Andrew Carmichael (Liberal Democrats), Edward Garnier (Conservatives), Sammy Wilson (DUP), Stewart Hosie (SNP), Lynne Jones (Labour), Mark Todd (Labour)
All the incoherent, self contradictory ones, were from the Government front bench, obviously from Charles Clarke, but especially from Andy Burnham and from some "whips plants" amongst the Labour backbenches. Other Labour MPs who clearly could not eve command the respect of even their colleagues e.g. Martin Linton (Battersea) and Celia Barlow (Hove).
The doubly disgraced ex-Minister David Blunkett (Sheffield Brightside) even crawled out from his grace and favour £3 million Belgravia house, which he is still squatting in rent and tax free, to utter some of his usual nonsense about "clean databases" - all the existing "dirty" Government databases started off as "clean" ones, what will be different about the National Identity Register ?
Only the Labour Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee John Denham (Southampton Itchen) made any sort of partial reasonable sense in favour of the Bill.
So, yet again, despite the actual debate having been clearly won by the opponents of the Bill, the Parliamentary "lobby fodder" ended up voting against all the main Lords' amendments.
Even if all the Lords' Amendments had stood, the Bill would still have been dreadful.
Will the House of Lords accept this rejections of their amendments, on March 6th, or thereabouts, when the Bill is likely to return to them ?