Speaker Michael Martin a scapegoat?

News that Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin (BBC) is set to step down as Speaker ‘soon’ raises tales of him being used as a scapegoat.

Surely its not just his responsibility?

UPDATE: He resigns stepping down on June 21st as speaker. He is to step down as an MP also – this will be an interesting by-election for Gordon Brown (if he is still leader by the time it happens!).

In the running see here.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Are we expected to believe that neither El Gordo nor PBDC did not know that the expenses claims of their parties were not in at least in breach of the spirit of the rules – no conversations, no visits to the houses/flats – don’t believe it for a minute.

    ..and why has the whip not been removed from those MPs who voted to block expenses info coming out?

    The sheer hypocrisy of PBDC failing to support the speaker when he has presided over a shocking, inexcusable mess in his own party which he MUST or SHOULD have known about – if he was in an accountable position outside of Westminster he would be offering his resignation for not doing the job he is paid to do.

    To restore credibility both main leaders should go or hopefully there will be a rash of independent candidates running on an anti-sleaze/anti-troughing ticket.

    Conlcusion: Deflection and Scapegoatery – in the sacrifice of an accomplice by ringleaders (PBDC and El Gordo) of troughing who hide their should-be-shamed-faces behind silly self-serving protocol.

  • Get a Twitter account ffs.

  • No, he’s not simply a scapegoat. This is a political crisis of unprecedented scale, and he is responsible for the the House of Commons “system”, for want of a better word, which has, in the case of MPs’ expenses been spectacularly exposed as a scam, so he must be held responsible.

    Him leaving is a bonus because he hasn’t been a particularly good speaker either, lacking the finesse required of the holder of this most important of offices.

    Sir George Young for Speaker!

  • onlooker

    Get a Twitter account ffs.

    Chekov

    get a life chekov

  • Doctor Who

    Not just a scapegaot but also a victim of class snobbery, although in a crisis he showed his lack of leadership and ultimately had to go.

    Lets hope many more of them are to follow.

  • happyaslarry

    why is chekov always so grumpy?

  • sj1

    There was a comment on BBC news 24 by a labour mp that the knives have been out for him for a long time cos he is a catholic…..

    hmmm…… sectarianism at westminister..?

  • sj1

    oh and then theres the class issue…..

  • Dave

    A scapegoat who is guilty as accused, and therefore not worthy of any sympathy. He should not, however, be the only head to roll. It is now up to the public to decapitate the other heads on election day as the last set of muppets they elected have no intention of resigning. He should have resigned when he allowed the police into parliment.

    As they say in Ireland, “You can take the man out of the bog but you can’t take the bog out of the man.” The cold reality is you need to start electing the ‘great and the good’ and get over this engineered fetish for electing ‘ordinary Joes’ who see politics as a better career than sheet-metal working, teaching or practicing law.

  • Sammy Morse

    As they say in Ireland, “You can take the man out of the bog but you can’t take the bog out of the man.” The cold reality is you need to start electing the ‘great and the good’ and get over this engineered fetish for electing ‘ordinary Joes’ who see politics as a better career than sheet-metal working, teaching or practicing law.

    What a repulsive creature you are. You almost make the current lot seem acceptable.

  • “lacking the finesse required”

    Please explain?

  • blinding

    If Michael Martin has to go he should bring as many of the corrupt Westminister grabbers with him as possible.

    And there was a class thing there as well.
    The odious Quentin Letts was out to get “Gorballs Mick”(Letts nasty words)from the beginning.

    Had Michael Martin been to the right schools and from the right family the venal Mr Letts would have given him a much easier ride.

  • loki

    Class snobbery- my arse. Mick Martin is a greedy incompetent bastard who should have done so much to improve the lot of the working man he claimed to represent. Instead he showed himself to be greedy, unprincipled and outof touch with his constituents. Compare him to Frank Field who is Labour in the very best sense and who truly understands his constituents.

  • Doctor Who

    sj1

    Could not find anything referring to Mr. Martin´s religion in a derogatory way.

    Can you supply evidence of this for it would be interesting if true. Although I feel you mope for the incompetent bugger simply because he is a Catholic. Very strange.

  • Dave

    Sammy, I can see why you would regard a call for high calibre individuals in politics as distressing to you, since the call to only elect those of proven worth to high office would exclude grubby careerist hacks such as yourself.

  • Dave

    By the way, Sammy, in case your hissy fit was unrelated to your hormones and was an attempt to posture as some sort of working class defender, then you should have engaged your wee brain before your prima donna squealing and noticed that the reference was to “this engineered fetish for electing ‘ordinary Joes’ who see politics as a better career than sheet-metal working, teaching or practicing law.” Now, sweet cheeks, unless you show that teaching and law are working class occupations, I’d say you’ve unwittingly proved my point that jumped up social workers such as yourself who “want to change things and make a difference, don’t you know” should stick to community centres and keep far from national politics where there lack of success at anything other than bullshit does nothing but hard to the nation. We need, as I said, the “great and the good” in national politics, not low grade hacks. 😉

  • blinding

    Look Michael Martin was to put it mildly no great shakes so his retirment is no great loss.

    But where are the attacks from the grubby Mr Letts on for example members of the Royal family that have been living well while contributing little.

    Where are his attacks on Tory grandees that do the same.

    Letts started early on Michael Martin. On this occasion he may have been proved correct but lets see even handed attacks from Letts and his ilk.

    Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same.

    When th s**t hit the fan it was the one that “some” would consider from the lower orders that got shafted.

    Mind you that appears to be shafted with two fine pensions and a peerage.

    Damn it why can’t I get shafted like that.

  • Of course Martin must not be the only one to go – but it is important that he DID go, and that he was the FIRST to go. The peril of high office is responsibility – he should have gone after the Green affair in the manner of Carrington and now is gone in disgrace.