As well as Tom Watson (see below) a further 16 MPs from the 2001 intake signed a letter today calling on the Dear Leader ot fall on his sword. One of them was Watson's West Midlands colleague Sion Simon. Sion Simon was a Blairite almost before the term had been invented. You'd have thought he would be in the Downing Street bunker fighting to the last - a bit like Michael Portillo in 1990.
A couple of years ago I published a book by political academic Philip Cowley, who now runs the Revolts website, which details parliamentary rebellions. In his book Revolts & Rebellions, Sion Simon spits venom at those who rebel. Cowley says Simon took great exception to the use of the word 'rebels', which he felt was a romantic phrase, conjuring up images of a romantic fight against an evil aggressor. No, he preferred the pejorative term 'deserters'.
Who's the deserter now then?