On Monday Parliament voted to bring in exemplary damgages, as recommended by Leveson, as part ofthe Crime and Courts Bill.
To try and make some sense of the mess created by the Royal Charter I have been going through the Hansard record of Monday’s debate and vote.
Bizarrely, it seems that no party leader voted for the agreement that they had all thrashed out.
Now, the Prime Minister and so on often don’t vote, I think it is a bit of a logistical issue plus they are quite obviously busy, and so they are normally part of a system known as pairing. Indeed party Leaders tend to only vote when it is really, really close, or a symbolic issue.
Given the fuss that the party leaders made of cross party support, you might have thought they would walk through a lobby together.