My deep sympathies go out to David and Samantha Cameron for their loss, and of course there is no implied criticism of them in what follows. But Matthew Parris is right in writing in today's Times that the Commons got it wrong yesterday.
Firstly, it elevated the importance of the grief of the political class above the grief of the rest of us; Oborne has said they have more in common with each other than they do with us, and they demonstrated it yesterday. The life of a Fusilier in Afghanistan, or a black teenager in Peckham, is worth no less than the life of a politician's child - but yesterday's gesture gave a very different message to the nation. It was self-indulgent and divisive.
Secondly, there is no place for mawkish saccharine sentimentality in the business of making laws and holding the government of the nation to account. A work colleague lost her husband just after Christmas, but we didn't send the whole office home for the day. During two world wars when MPs were losing sons in battle and families in the blitz not one sitting was suspended. They knew something MPs today seem to have forgotten - they are there to do a job for us, not for their own benefit.
Yesterday was the political class at its self-obsessed worst. It was wrong, wrong, wrong.