So Cameron can try to shrug-off the result of the Syria vote but... When he can't carry his own party on such a fundemental matter such as war or peace, when a substantial section of his own party rebels against him; that is to say that they have no confidence or trust in him; when his reckless rush to seek approval for a strike makes Ed Miliband look competent and statesmanlike; the whiff of decomposition must be wafting around Downing Street.
With Thatcher's deposal the issue was supposedly 'Europe' but in fact there was a great deal of disquiet on the Tory back benches about the Poll Tax. Are we going to see history repeating itself? The beginning of the end for Cameron, ostensibly about his disasterous handling of the Syrian vote, but with underlying concerns about the effects that his policies are having, and their electoral effect on the Tories?