We all know that some decisions are difficult difficult lemon difficult, but others are quite easy when you see instant political advantage and a modicum of morals are not necessary.... just follow the whips.
This is a list of the 78 Labour MPs who in 2003 voted against an amendment that declared the reasons for the war against Iraq as 'unproven' but voted against humanitarian action against Syria in any shape or form because they felt they didn't have enough evidence to proceed.
Bob Ainsworth, Douglas Alexander, Adrian Bailey, Margaret Beckett, Hilary Benn, David Blunkett, Kevin Brennan, Nick Brown, Russell Brown, Chris Bryant, Andrew Burnham, Alan Campbell, Vernon Coaker, Ann Coffey, Yvette Cooper, Jon Cruddas, Tony Cunningham, Alistair Darling, Wayne David, Geraint Davies, John Denham, Jim Dowd, Angela Eagle, Maria Eagle, Louise Ellman, Frank Field, Caroline Flint, Mike Gapes, Barry Gardiner, Paul Goggins, Harriet Harman, Tom Harris, John Healey, Mark Hendrick, Stephen Hepburn, George Howarth, Huw Irranca-Davies, Alan Johnson, Helen Jones, Kevan Jones, Tessa Jowell, Gerald Kaufman, David Lammy, Christopher Leslie, Ivan Lewis, Ian Lucas, John Mann, Gordon Marsden, Stephen McCabe, Michael Meacher, Andrew Miller, George Mudie, Jim Murphy, Paul Murphy, Sandra Osborne, Nick Raynsford, Geoffrey Robinson, Frank Roy, Chris Ruane, Barry Sheerman, James Sheridan, Andrew Smith, Jack Straw, Graham Stringer, Gisela Stuart, Gerry Sutcliffe, Mark Tami, Gareth Thomas, Stephen Timms, Derek Twigg, Stephen Twigg, Keith Vaz, Tom Watson, Dave Watts, Alan Whitehead, David Winnick, Rosie Winterton, David Wright.
Now I have a lot of time for MPs of all parties of both sides of the debate who voted with their consciences and principles.
However, the above list falls accurately and neatly into the copper-bottomed shits category.
I've now got the full list of Labour MPs from Hansard and amended the above list and figures. The following Members, whilst they voted in 2003, are not recorded as turning up to vote this time.
Hazel Blears, Ben Bradshaw, Gordon Brown, Ann Clwyd, Ian Davidson, Peter Hain, David Hanson, Siobhain McDonagh, Meg Munn, Dawn Primarolo, John Spellar.
Has anyone actually seen Gordon Brown recently?