Perhaps I missed an earlier revelation, but this is the first I have heard of John abstaining in this vote. If he was going to make the matter public, wouldn't it have been better to have told his constituents in Manchester Withington or his fellow Liberal Democrats first?
I am also puzzled by what John wrote on his blog on 18 May in his first posting after the general election:
By ruling out any coalition the Labour Party guaranteed that the Conservatives would be in Government. As such there were only 2 options – a Tory minority Government putting forward a Tory agenda, or a coalition Government where the Lib Dems could help to shape the direction of the Government and ensure a progressive agenda for Britain. So there was really no choice.Quite right.
But if there was "really no choice", why didn't John vote in favour of the Coalition agreement?