By Paul Goodman
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5.45pm Update: Guido has the story of how Labour messed up and pretended they hadn't.
A vote on the proposed cut in the 50p top income tax rate took place yesterday evening. Labour didn't vote against it. Conservative MPs were all over Twitter in an instant.
So what happened? The explanation lies in the tablers of the motion. The Scottish Nationalists put it down, and Labour wouldn't vote with them. The Nats made hay with this:
The essence is this: Balls didn't want to follow the Nats into the lobbies on a Nat motion. So Labour ducked the chance to vote against the 50p rate.
Could it be possible that these Commons fun and games matter more to the Shadow Chancellor than putting his vote where his mouth is?