The Speaker must rein in self-indulgent MPs who no longer try to express themselves with the greatest possible concision and force.
Posts Tagged: John Bercow MP
Garvan Walshe: The Queen dragged into party politics. Or an election that risks a Marxist Government. Make your choice, hard Brexiteers.
Incrementalism might be the only way through Brexit. Gove appears to be toying with this very idea.
The unrebuttable fact is that the Prime Minister is in breach of her word, and that the collapse of trust in the Party threatens to be terminal.
Ben Roback: Trump’s state visit. Problems abound. But interests – trade, defence, the Special Relationship – endure.
The visit should serve as a timely reminder that the last especially outlasts any individual President or Prime Minister.
Nicky Morgan: Why the Northern Ireland backstop need not be permanent – and leave no hard border when it ends
The EU has already opened the door to starting discussions about such alternative arrangements the minute that the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.
WATCH: Now Bercow torpedos Letwin – and more indicative votes. After a tie, he follows precedent and votes with the Noes.
It’s a dramatic moment. But it may not mean very much – because the Government is likely hold votes on different options of its own accord anyway.
We refer, of course, to Letwin – the Prime Minister In All But Name. Not because he’s making a mess of things. But because, unlike others, he’s unaccountable.
Four plans are being mooted. (We propose a fifth: putting him a time machine and returning him to the Monday Club’s Immigration and Repatriation Committee.)
The Speaker will block a Government ‘notwithstanding motion’, but announced this just after allowing Letwin’s.
Hers or Letwins? That’s what the choice is narrowing down to. From the point of view of trust in politics, how MPs vote will now make little difference – if any.
The Moggcast. Deal-or-No-Brexit “becomes the choice eventually…May’s deal is better than not leaving at all”
Rees-Mogg details how the deal is “definitely not” worse than Remain. And: why the Letwin plan is constitutionally “absurd”.
Harmony reigned as he denied being a revolutionary.
She yesterday achieved the outcome most likely to prop her up – at least for the time being. But Cooper, Letwin and Bercow are waiting in the wings.
The Speaker offers a distillation of his signature style.
40 opposition MPs stand in their places in order for it to take place. The Speaker rules it must happen now.