According to TheyWorkForYou.com, I voted “strongly in favour” of the Iraq war and identity cards. What does “strongly in favour” actually mean, I wonder? In the Commons there’s an Aye and a No lobby. You vote in one or the other. There’s no “Definitely Aye” or “Maybe, on the other hand, Better Not” lobby. So how on earth do they conclude whether an MP voted “strongly in favour” of something? Someone who feels only lukewarm about a subject votes in exactly the same way as a colleague to whom the same issue is a defining principle.
Did I, perhaps, run through the Aye lobby on those two occasions, waving my arms in the air and wearing a “War now!” t-shirt? Such behaviour is frowned upon, and I’m sure that’s not it. Perhaps on ID cards I voted Aye three or four times? That’s more likely, but still very, very unlikely.
The Commons doesn’t really do shades of grey. Neither, it appears, does Theyworkforyou.com.