This is why Howard is not the man for the job (although it is, of couse, fine by me if the man selected for the job is not, in fact, the man for the job.)
State of the Parties at 24 October 2003
Liberal Democrat 54
Scottish National Party/Plaid Cymru 9 (SNP 5/PC 4)
Sinn Fein4 (Have not taken their seats)
Social Democratic & Labour 3
Speaker & 3 Deputies 4 (Do not normally vote)
Government majority 161 "