The Rotten Parliament extends to all parties and to both houses; the monumental peculations of MPs have for the moment overshadowed the dishonesty of Baroness Uddin and others in the upper house, but make no mistake - the entire Parliament is rotten.
Replacing the Speaker is an act of desperation by MPs eager to find a universally loathed scapegoat in Michael Martin, but a Commons that ditches its sitting Speaker just confirms its own rottenness.
There will be no catharsis until a new Commons sits in new session under a new Speaker.
This Rotten Parliament is dead. A weak and enervated house with an unwanted Speaker hanging around like a ghoul does the nation ill service at a time of national crisis. MPs on both sides of the house should, for the good of the nation, now unequivocally support a general election.