Firstly, I want to apologise for inactivity in blogging, I have not been too well recently, and actually fainted the other day. But feeling better today.
According to the BBC, Paul Murphy is preparing to quit over the controvertial embryo bill. This would be the 3rd Welsh Sectertary for Wales within 4 months, if Paul Murphey was to resign, and would probably end any hope of him returning to cabinet. Of course it is unknown if he will resign yet, or if Gordon Brown will allow his MPs a free vote on this issue, I would imagine that he would, as it could be a disaster if he didn't.
The thing which I find very uncomfortable, is that a Cardinal seems to be able to dictate to MPs how to vote on issues. Britain is meant to be a secular society, and I feel that cardinals shouldn't be allowed to tell MPs to oppose or support something, having an opinion, and telling MPs (other then his local MP, of course) how to vote in a certain way because that is the opinion you have, is not the same thing and is not healthy for a secular democracy.
Furthmore these hybird embryos could help find treatments for many gentic diseases, and therefore, improve the quality of life with many people suffering from such diseases. It could be seen as being immoral and unethcial to vote against it, aswell as for it, which could well be a reason why all parties should give their MPs a free vote.
As I mentioned earlier, I think it could well be a disaster for Prime Minister Gordon Brown, if he doesn't give a free vote, as he would risk loosing ministers, which would be embarassing for the government, and could also make Labour look in a bad light if a number of ministers were to resign because they disgaree with the bill for religious reasons, as the saying goes "we don't do God."