Speaker Doesn't Resign Shock

No-one who has watched Speaker Martin over the years can be terribly surprised that he has confounded the political chattering classes by not actually resigning today. Unless forced out, this is not a man who is going to go of his own volition, and the ability to actually force him out is very difficult. Even Douglas Carswell's motion of no confidence turns out to be the wrong sort of motion, although Martin, a man who has spent the last 9 years as Speaker, presiding over Commons procedure, still needed to check that little detail with a clerk.

The First Post's Mole has a concise report of this afternoon's chaos. And while you're at the First Post, you might care to glance at Quentin Letts' diverting article about the importance of public speaking, and the shame that our leaders do not seem able to do it!


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