Monday, 18 May 2009

In the name of God go!!

It was Oliver Cromwell who said to the rump Parliament in 1653,
“you have been sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, i say, and let us have done with you. In the name of god, go!.”

These are the the most apt words I could say to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin MP who has presided over the worst constitutional crisis since the abdication.

Martin is the man who has spent the last few years fighting against the release of MP's expenses following a Freedom of Information request and when the expenses row broke the Speaker was more concerned with who leaked the information to the Telegraph than addressing the problem. MP's patience finally wore out following his appaling treatment of Kate Hoey and Norman Baker both MP's with considerable ethical and moral standing within the House and respective parties and who dared to challenge the Speaker.

Today, we have MP's clamouring to debate a vote of no confidence in the Speaker over which the Speaker himself presided...now isn't there such a thing as Personal and Prejudicial Interest declarations in the House of Commons? Needless to say no vote took place but the speaker did address the House and apologised...sorry, but too little and far, far too late.

In the name of God go!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

No....don't go because if you do, then you'll be the scape-goat. You alone Mr Speaker, should't bear all of the weight of public indignation.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

I thought the Speaker was responsible for the running of the House of Commons and the Fees Office, didn't he preside over the recent new edition of the Green Book. Did he not do more than anyone else to fight this FOI request... and FULL publication of MP's expenses. I really can't think of anyone else more responsible.

Lehendakari said...

The Champagne Socialist from Anderton, Glasgow, has forgotten his roots and joined the establishment fat cats, lets get rid but not to the Lords.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Guido Fawkes
http://www.order-order.com/2009/05/sky-speaker-to-resign-this-afternoon/
reckons that the Speaker will resign this afternoon and like Paul Staines I very much hope he doesn't get a peerage.