Have Labour MPs given up? I only ask because I have never seen the government benches so empty during a Queen's Speech debate. Normally they are packed to the rafters. Conservative MPs did a head count yesterday and while Gordon Brown was speaking there were only 127 Labour MPs there, with massive gaps appearing on the green leather benches. This has never happened before. It is symptomatic of a parliamentary party that has lost all confidence in its leader and all confidence in its ability to win an election. Many of them probably just couldn't face turning up and performing like nodding dogs. It's not that they were in the building - they weren't. They didn't even bother to turn up for one of the parliamentary set pieces of the year.
They really do appear to have given up.