The Speaker recognises that formal attire serves an important purposes, for legislator and official alike. If only his predecessors had done so.
Political leadership is needed in Belfast no less than in London – in some respects, even more so.
All the same, we have to make this relationship work – because, if we do not, both sides have the capacity to do each other a lot of harm.
Both sides will have failed if there is No Deal when the Brexit talks finish, according to the Irish PM.
“We do need more detail, we need more precision”, says Micheál Martin as he calls for “an injection of momentum” into Anglo-Irish dealings.
No guilt attaches to Boris Johnson, unless by betraying the industry a second time he chooses to endorse and embrace that earlier guilt.
The candidates for the Speakership competed to show how different they will be from the man who has just stepped down.
“Dignity, kindness, authority rather than bossiness, and I do believe that those things could be brought to the Chair by a woman.”
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In the best of all worlds, standards would be upheld voluntarily. But in the world we have, we seem to need rules – and sometimes to extend them.