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Syria debate: the sensible and profound punditry on Twitter

30 August 2013

4:43 PM

30 August 2013

4:43 PM

At 10.00pm last night, Parliament votes against giving British approval to an American missile strike that was going to happen with or without us. But to the New York Daily News, it’s a sign that the British have gone AWOL. And to many in Britain, it’s a sign that the world has ended. Here’s a selection of the more emotional responses to last night’s vote:

@paddyashdown
In 50 years trying to serve my country I have never felt so depressed/ashamed. Britain’s answer to the Syrian horrors? none of our business!

The Respect MP George Galloway who rediscovered his liking Labour…

@georgegalloway
It was also a victory for Ed Miliband who helped engineer the balance of forces which brought about an historic victory for parliament

…before becoming tangled up on what hue has said about the supply of chemical weapons to the region:

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One MP was keen to offer non-hypocritical advice to the Prime Minister:

@AVMitchell2010
Would Cameron please explain what he’s trying to do. Preferably in Englisg

While other activists may have read too much into the situation:

@lazzarop
After yesterday “historic” vote on #Syria, Churchill’s statue in Parliament Sq will be replaced by Neville Chamberlain’s

@staffandscrip
Cameron must resign. What was his role in the chem attack pretext for bombing

Some of the hawks on Fleet Street were not impressed with the outcome either:

@ShippersUnbound
The second I go on holiday a good portion of the House of Commons appears to want to abdicate Britain’s status a serious country. Lame.

@daaronovitch
I do not give a fuck what this means for Miliband and Cameron. It’s the message it sends to Assad that counts. I am ashamed.

@toadmeister
Britain has become a nation of crisp-eating surrender monkeys.

Everyone’s favourite other party has tried to muscle in on the Westminster action, despite a lack of representation:

@ukip
UKIP calls on William Hague to resign following Syria vote

And let’s not forget the deleted tweets from MPs and MEPs who didn’t think before putting thumb to smartphone:

@AnnieslandSNP
Saddened to see that *PREGNANT* Lib Dem Bearsden MP @joswinson voted FOR the attack on Syria & its children #noshame

@PaulFlynnMP
Paddy Ashdown & other strutting make-believe Napoleons mourn loss of UK World Policeman role that cost UK £50bn & 643 lives in last 10 years

@HenryReilyukip
Support the war or terror – Support Assad – Stop Cameron

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