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.
If they want a more old-fashioned product, they may go for Lindsay Hoyle. If someone more like the present incumbent, for Harriet Harman.
He is flanked by Black Rod, an Associate Serjeant-at-arms and a Clerk: they approach the Bar to bow three times.
And Bercow, bad-mannered to the end, announces that he at least will leave on 31st October
A High Court judge recommended that Bercow leave his post in order to allow institutional reform to begin.
The reasons not to do so are threadbare. And he has merrily torn up plenty of other conventions in the process of his partisan Speakership.
Don’t be so distracted by the actors – and all the talk of deselection and elections – as to miss the drama’s bigger picture.
Some campaigners and commentators, particularly those who oppose Brexit, appear to have forgotten that this is a negotiation between the Government and the EU.
Downing Street has spent the summer months diligently working through the mathematics of how to eat up as much time as possible.
The new Leader of the House on how he was “gulled” by Theresa May over Brexit, and why it’s “a little bit premature” to talk about resigning if the October deadline isn’t met.
If Boris Johnson wants to pursue a No Deal exit, then he will have a fight on his hands with MPs.
The Speaker must rein in self-indulgent MPs who no longer try to express themselves with the greatest possible concision and force.
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.
The visit should serve as a timely reminder that the last especially outlasts any individual President or Prime Minister.