“a position of monumental impartiality”

In a discussion on Hearts and Minds tonight Kevin Maguire avoided, mostly, betraying any bias, but didn’t name his preferred successor to Michael Martin as Speaker of the House of Commons [no names, no pack drill – Ed]. Simon Hoggart on the goodbye – “everyone felt good, except a few observers who looked distinctly nauseous.” Speculation elsewhere suggests that Labour MP Margaret Beckett may be emerging as the bookies’ favourite.. Now that “All the conventions are now finished..” And Nick Robinson talked to an un-named “leading Tory” at the hustingshe pinched his nose, looked pained and remarked “It’ll have to be Ma Beckett”. Other confirmed candidates here.

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