The Speaker recognises that formal attire serves an important purposes, for legislator and official alike. If only his predecessors had done so.
Furthermore, I will not attend the Conservative Party Conference if vaccine passports are required.
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.
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.
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.
The former Speaker’s autobiography is a disappointment. He writes as he talks – and after a time this becomes wearisome.
But Laing’s 127 votes have to divide roughly five to one if he is to beat Hoyle – who therefore remains favourite.
Laing has 122 votes, Bryant 120. Unless the candidates who withdraw transfer disproportionately to one of them, Hoyle seems to be home and dry.