Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Martin declines to uphold the dignity of his office

A Speaker passionately committed to the dignity of Parliament and of his office would be gone by now. An honourable man would have bowed to the mood of the house and packed his bags. A man with a modicum of self respect would have made the best fist of resigning that he could. Martin, of course, proved yesterday that he was none of these. So he will be dishonourably evicted from the Speaker's chair, a wee timid cow'ring beastie, mouse not man.

With members arguing on Commons procedures with Martin yesterday, it was Sir Patrick Cormack who gave the house the formula it was looking for. Not that many of them noticed. The Norway or Narvik debate started as an adjournment motion which became in effect a vote of no confidence in Chamberlain's government.

Brown deserted Martin out of nothing but self interest. A change of Speaker may allow his spent and corrupt government to limp on until next year; with Martin remaining in the chair, the pressures for a general election would have been that much greater. However, MPs realise they're all bad dogs right now. Like ill-behaved Spaniels who try with an excess of zeal to atone for their guilty behaviour, the Commons under a new Speaker may well take seriously its duty to hold Brown's government to account, and the floor of the house could become as bloody as a Roman arena as ministers are torn by bad dogs who have just remembered they have a hint of wolf in their ancestry.

The Summer recess cannot come soon enough for Brown.

6 comments:

The Great Simpleton said...

"A Speaker passionately committed to the dignity of Parliament and of his office would be gone by now. An honourable man would have bowed to the mood of the house and packed his bags. A man with a modicum of self respect would have made the best fist of resigning that he could"

Anyone who fits that bill wouldn't have got in to this mess in the first place.

Many forget that he has been the worst speaker in living memory, if not ever. He has sided with the executive over the will of Parliament and he has been tribal and biased in his management of debate, if we can call them debates.

If he had been a defender of the back benches and the soveriegnty of power, like his illustrious predecceors Betty Boothroyd and George Thomas, to name 2, the house would have been backing him not looking to tear him apart lack a pack of hounds.

The man deserves all he gets.

Letters From A Tory said...

Brown must be counting the days until summer. Then again, the Telegraph has probably got enough material to make his life a misery throughout the Parliamentary break!

Guthrum said...

Martin Gone- Brown next

hatfield girl said...

The Italian 1 O'clock news is saying he will offer to resign and has been promised that the offer will be refused, or tempered, to preserve his honour.

Attract Prosperity said...

The fact that this is unprecedented and occurred so quickly surprises me. Taking the poison pill was the right thing to do.

hatfield girl said...

The Evening standard is saying that Gordon Brown:

'today refused to allow an immediate vote of no confidence in the Speaker as the battle over his fate escalated dramatically.

The Prime Minister defied senior backbenchers by ruling there were not enough MPs demanding a debate on the Speaker's future.'

This is not the straightforward defeat of at least part of the corruption that is being presented so far.