Even the mice in the Commons tea room know that he was put in by one party and is kept there by one party.
John Bercow made no comment on Dame Laura Cox’s suggestion that he and other senior officers of the Commons should be replaced.
It would be shameful if the independent inquiry into bullying in the House of Commons was obscured by political infighting.
Thornberry gave no sign that she might be an improvement on the present Leader of the Opposition.
This form of words citing the Speaker is the gambit by which ministers and whips hope to avert a Grieve-led rebellion today.
“That adjective simply summed up how I felt about the way that that day’s business had been conducted.”
The traditional uniform helped to anonymise the office-holder beneath the office, and took humility to wear. Whoever succeeds him should restore it.
So much of the Government’s strategy is predicated on the belief that this is impossible. But what if that’s wrong?
Plus: Willetts loses at least one of his brains. Labour frets about losing Lewisham East (which it shouldn’t do). And: Morgan and Clarke, not the Brexiteers, are the real obsessives.
A lesson of the claims made against the Speaker is that there is no adequate means of holding him to account when Commons’ conventions break down.
The Labour leader showed up the Prime Minister’s unsustainable indecisiveness.
In response, Lord Hain dismisses the alleged incidents as “an office row”, and suggests the scandal is motivated by political disagreement.
Plus: For and against bombing Syria. For Andrew Neil. Against Andrew Adonis. And: not an erection in sight.
It would be a huge waste to spend huge sums restoring the body of Westminster whilst decanting – probably permanently – its spirit.
Most Tory MPs are male. Some don’t want a new complaints procedure – let alone two. Many feel vulnerable. This initiative brings new perils for the Prime Minister.