Tony Blair is clearly an unhappy man. Having lost the confidence of his own MPs, he blames them for having lost touch with the British people. The 'anti-terror' measures are popular, therefore MPs were wrong to vote them down.
Of course, this is so much nonsense. Britain is a representative democracy, not a direct democracy. Thank goodness. Public opinion plays a role, but cannot be the determinant of policy.
More insidious is Blair's clear view that the police and the security forces should be given any powers they ask for to prevent a terrorist attack. But Blair mistakes the role of the state.
The state's duty is to protect the nation or, in more old-fashioned terms, to defend the realm. It is not the duty of the state to protect every single individual within that nation. Once we start clamouring for the state to do this, or once the state starts saying that it wants to do this, we are on dangerous ground. CCTV in every living room? A chip implanted at birth to record every utterance an individual makes? Well, why not, if it saves so much as one life? This kind of thinking is truly disturbing. Democratic, free societies are risky places to live in. The terrorist threat is nowhere near great enough to threaten the life of the nation. The state, and those responsible for it, should learn to accept the limitations of their own powers and duties.