And so it begins...
This could be the first of many. According to The Times, a Labour MP has deserted to the Liberal Democrats over the war on terror. He didn't put it like that, though:
"Labour’s let people down. But there is an effective alternative. Having thought about this over many months, I am convinced that the Liberal Democrats stand for honest and credible policies which can change this country for the better.
“The values which I find most important in politics are tolerance and integrity. I have experienced enough Labour intolerance in recent weeks to last a lifetime.
"I want to belong to a party which encourages debate and practises genuine internal democracy. Tony Blair is behaving in an increasingly arrogant and presidential manner. His party believes in threats and intimidation to crush internal dissent.”
But this is good. The Lib Dims are regarded by many in middle England as a comfy, Centrist party that's good on local issues. In fact, they're a bunch of extreme Left nutjobs who'd regard Nader as a corporate shill. The more Left-wing Labour MPs join them, the less they'll be able to sustain that illusion, which will be good news for the Conservative Party, and therefore the UK as a whole.