It’s a pity that none of the lobby journalists appeared to be in the gallery during the exchange between Geraldine Smith, the Morecambe MP, and Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda. Challenging Geraldine’s support for Iain Duncan Smith’s amendment to the Bill on the basis that it would discriminate against same-sex couples, Chris suggested Geraldine had not sought the opinions of lesbians in her constituency. She replied (and this is subject to correction by Hansard): “Actually I talk to lots of lesbians in my constituency. Maybe lesbians in Lancashire are just more down to earth than lesbians in the Rhondda.” Fantastic!
When was the last time you heard an exchange like that in the Commons? In fact, when did you last see a title like this for a blog post?