Mick Martin to resign this afternoon…

So the Telegraph says… So finally the dogs have pulled down their prey… New Labour’s breach of protocol in putting him into office against tradition, ends with a near breach of protocol in the Commons yesterday when an early day motion called for his resignation…

Update: This from Sky who broke the news...

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    It wasn’t a breach of any supposed precedent (not ‘protocol’ [sic]) for the majority to elect one of its own as speaker. This, rather than alternation, is the historic convention. You’re welcome to consult the dull old facts to observe this for yourself.

    Martin was a dud, and a dud from day one. And even the way he went – undermining the very office of speaker by making it vulnerable forever hereafter to factional discontent – means he damages parliament from the moment he was dragged into the chair to the moment he was dragged off it.

    That he’s stupid enough to actually want to try and sit in the house as a backbencher until dissolution defies belief. There are only three, equally venal and squalid reasons why he might want to do this: 1.) he fears that hue and cry from the press of him taking a peerage and decamping to the Lords; 2.) he’s conscious of the difficulty Labour will face in the consequent by-election; & 3.) he realises that if he goes now, there is absolutely no chance that his numpty son can be selected in his place.

    Yet for all that, the ultimate reason why Martin has fallen is because MPs are pushing him in front of public outrage over what they did. Martin forced no one to claim for imaginary expenses, or millionaires and multi-millionaires to bilk taxpayers for a hundred grand and more of mortgage payments, or venal shadow cabinet members to launder public funds into the the private commerical enterprises of relations of their party’s leaders, etcetera, etcetera.

    We in dear old Norn Iron can, I suppose, take dubious pride in the cameloid-back breaking point being reached when the old fool peevishly snapped at Kate Hoey. But again, here’s the tragedy – if he had made the point reasonably, it would have been a good one. Of course the Speaker of the Commons has an obligation to investigate how and why these stolen records came to be sold for money.

    One final thing – and it’s a perfect illustration of why this is perhaps the worst House of Commons since 1918 – the next speaker will, for the first time, be elected by secret ballot. In other words, we won’t know how our supposed representatives vote, unless they happen to tell us (and honestly so then . . .).

  • Mick Fealty

    Thanks for that LTU,

    For me, Bob Spink is one of the few to come out this with any dignity or consistency. He made precisely that point about the expenses.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    Bob Spink is a surprisingly good egg. Central Office shafted him over his marital difficulties because they wanted to palm off his safe seat to a Roon titwad. I think he’s going to surprise people in terms of his general election result in (admirably) ultra Tory Essex.