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PM has shown real leadership

I DO not think David Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat in the Commons. Rather, he showed statesmanship in letting the Commons decide if we should follow America into a third conflict and MPs, listening to their constituents, decided against it.

It was a great day for democracy – when the Commons showed MPs are not merely fodder to be whipped into voting at their leaders' command. That is what leads to low voting turnout and low party memberships.

As a result of our MPs' actions, the US Congress is now, too, asking to be consulted. If President Obama feels compelled to go ahead with air strikes for fear of appearing indecisive and France wants to appear a bigger player on the world scene than it is by supporting him, so be it.

We are an independent nation with a mind of its own.


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