The prospect of John Bercow, a politician even more oleaginous than Ben Brogan, as Speaker shows that many MPs have learned nothing from recent events. An immodest man of modest abilities, Bercow will do little to convince the public of a new mood of selflessness and altruism in the House; a Labour block vote largely calculated to spite the Tories rather than to provide the House with a Speaker of ability and probity will be seen by the public for the sleazy gesture it is.
Labour's insult to the British people in imposing this narrow partisan Speaker on us will not be forgotten.
For whatever reason at half five this morning I wrote Ben Brogan. Students of political lubricity will have realised of course that I meant Ben Bradshaw. My utter apologies to Ben Brogan, who is not in the least oleaginous.