Having just watched the Ten O'Clock News I feel uneasy. I just get the feeling that some people in the Tory Party are getting far too cocky about the the complete misjudgement by the Police and the Government over Damian Green. I looked on with a degree of horror at the pictures from the Shadow Cabinet when Dominic Grieve was reading out Jackie Smith's letter. I'm not even sure the release of the video was a particularly brilliant PR move. It showed nothing apart from a police officer asking the camera to leave.
Tomorrow is an important day. Responsibility and decorum are called for. The Speaker should be heard and not heckled. This must not be allowed to degenerate into a purely partisan attack on a Labour Speaker. All that will achieve is for Labour MPs to circle him with their wagons. The Speaker can rightly be criticised for many things, but misbehaviour by angry politicians tomorrow will do nothing to convince people that Parliament remains the pre-eminent debating chamber in the country.
But The Speaker has a responsibility too. He owes Members of Parliament both an explanation and an apology. If he strikes the wrong tone and appears arrogant and haughty then he will deserve the consequences which will undoubtedly follow.
Bear traps are being laid for the Tories. Tomorrow is a day for cool heads. Understandably, this issue has provoked much anger and there will no doubt be some on display tomorrow. But I hope it does not degenerate into something uglier, which can only do damage to politics as a whole.