Chris Selley: Cheers to parliamentary supremacists, whose lonely struggles are not entirely in vain

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“Panic is never, ever, an excuse to override our ancient political conventions,” he writes on his website. “These conventions are the oldest and best protections that exist for our political liberties.” Furthermore, Reid says he was determined on principle not to obey an order to stay home that stemmed from an agreement between his party and the government. “If the conventional obligation to not impede MPs from attending to the business of the House, and of voting therein, does not extend to the prime minister, then the system of responsible government which cost so many lives (to achieve) in Britain in the 1600s, and in 1837-38 in Canada, is undone,” he writes.