“Dignity, kindness, authority rather than bossiness, and I do believe that those things could be brought to the Chair by a woman.”
Johnson stands accused of trying to drive through Brexit in accordance with the referendum result.
Never before has so much material been assembled from such a wealth of sources about the Leader of the House.
Churchill in his Liberal days wore with pride the scar inflicted on his forehead by the copy of Commons Standing Orders hurled at him by an enraged Tory in 1912.
The Prime Minister reminded everyone that he likes nothing better than to go out in rough seas.
And Bercow, bad-mannered to the end, announces that he at least will leave on 31st October
He has resigned because his profound loyalty to his brother cannot be reconciled with his profound opposition to a no deal Brexit.
Clarke delivered an attack which recalled Howe’s on Thatcher.
The pleasures of moral condemnation could distract the PM’s critics from replying to his arguments.
Letwin versus Rees-Mogg, or Parliament versus the people.
But there is method in his madness.
It is dawning on them that they may have underestimated him. Hence the newly hysterical note in their denunciations.
In both cases their opponents resort to character assassination and are left with no one against whom they can argue.
Their real aim is to overturn the referendum result, wreck Brexit and destroy the Government we actually have.
The idea that one side or the other has a monopoly of truth is rightly abhorrent to him.