Tories back down from confonting the Speaker…

In the UK there is an unwritten Constitution. In Ireland the Republic there is a written one. The supposed advantage of the British model is that it is flexible and intelligent. The problem is that some of it needs to be unheld by individuals. Last week the Metropolitan Police found a weak point and arrested an MP on a point of Common Law, with the acquiesence of the Commons’ authorities. The Opposition Tory party which has been animated on that Constitutional issue ever since suddenly went all soft and gooey at what should have been the moment of reckoning for the Speaker and the Serjeant at Arms. Paul thinks he knows why!

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