How did Ruth Kelly vote on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill?
And so Labour backbenchers waited with bated breath to see if the Transport Secretary might put in an appearance during the vote on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
She was given the luxury of a free vote a few weeks ago to vote against the Bill’s contentious provisions, but, as a member of the Cabinet, she was obliged to support the final vote. If she voted against it, she would necessarily have to resign. If she supported it, there would be cries of hypocrisy. If she found herself ‘unavoidably detained’ away from the division lobbies – her usual strategy – she would be a coward.
Cranmer would like his readers and communicants to consider this matter carefully. Would the Lord want her to put her seal of approval to this evil Bill, or to make a principled stand by voting against the Government and resigning?
Is it more important to have an Opus Dei representative leading the nation’s transport policy, or should she have sacrificed her considerable salary and chauffeur-driven?
Alas, as Cranmer has recently observed, they do not make martyrs like they used to.
For those who wish to register their opposition to this Bill, one of Cranmer's erstwhile communicants has emailed him with details of a petition to Her Majesty to withhold Royal Assent.
She will not, of course, but Taki notes that she certainly may. Yet we do live in a representative democracy, in which case redress is supposed to be at the ballot box. But that does not negate the significance of Her Majesty's loyal subjects making their views on this matter very clear. She is, after all, by the Grace of God, still Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and is answerable to God before her First Minister.