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Blair's current backbench opposition is no uprising of virgins, but just the continuation of behavior seen throughout the preceding years.
Labor's backbench rebels are acting against the interests of the poor.
The legislation establishing NHS foundation trusts attracted much controversy, and a major backbench rebellion among Labor MPs, but was passed into law.
With a major backbench revolt over the Education Bill on the horizon, no-one wants any more high wire acts.
Even card-carrying Labor supporters are questioning why Crean has not quelled what appears to be an anti-Israel backlash on his backbench.