Hannah White, of the Institute for Government, refers in passing to “the UK’s infamous ‘unwritten’ constitution”. What is “infamous” about it?
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Hoyle is within his rights to disapprove of the media reporting Commons gossip about Rayner, but not to summon journalists.
Guilty of bullying and banned for life from Parliament; a grim denouement to an abysmal term in the Chair.
Daniel Hannan: Powdered wigs, knee breeches, frock coats – all part of a vanished age. But I rejoice that male MPs must still wear ties.
The Speaker recognises that formal attire serves an important purposes, for legislator and official alike. If only his predecessors had done so.
Bella Wallersteiner: As a parliamentary staffer, I’m appalled by the double standards on who has to wear a mask
Furthermore, I will not attend the Conservative Party Conference if vaccine passports are required.
Today’s aid amendment. The champions of 0.7 per cent will win either way – if not in the Commons, then in court.
Which is what comes of the virtue-signalling practice of setting targets in law, rather than having MPs vote on expenditure.
Parliamentary ‘debates’ often devolve into collections of short, unconnected speeches that are basically being read into Hansard. That must change.
The disruption to Parliament from Covid-19 has obscured and delayed the important work of undoing the damage wrought by his Speakership.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson seduces the House, and talks away his mistakes, by promising a rosy future
There were moments when the PM made everyone from the Speaker down laugh, and most of his listeners were grateful for light relief from the crisis.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: The Speaker is furious and the Prime Minister refuses to put his arms round Starmer
Johnson contradicts his message of national togetherness, and antagonises MPs, by appearing to regard criticism as disloyal.
The permanent crisis of the May years is not what holding the Government to account normally looks like.
Ministers’ efforts to get schools and businesses to re-open won’t be helped if MPs are visibly unwilling to return to Westminster.
But there were a couple of moments of levity – though both men agreed that this is no time for it.
To the astonishment of those who see him as an incorrigible buffoon, the Prime Minister looked and sounded unremittingly sombre.
He adds that he wouldn’t offer the former speaker a peerage, as he responds to comments made by Dawn Butler.