MPs of all parties are becoming more exasperated with The Speaker by the day. The latest issue appears to be his working hours. Yesterday he left the Chamber at 12.30pm, which is par for the course for him on Thursdays because he likes to scoot off home to Glasgow. Normally it does not much matter because, thanks to the government, Thursday afternoons have become pretty empty. But yesterday it did matter because at 1.14pm, MPs started making some very serious Points of Order about the Speaker's handling of the Damian Green affair. It was left to the hapless Sylvia Heal, one of Speaker Martin's deputies, to field the questions. She said she would have a word with the Speaker about it on Monday.
What can the electorate make of a Speaker who buggers off home before lunch on a Thursday and doesn't return until mid morning on Monday?
PS And will those people who regard an attack on The Speaker as one of "class envy" please just go away. This Speaker is incompetent and is failing to carry out the duties of his office. That is a legitimate matter for comment and criticism. Stick to the issue, rather than try to divert it into a class war.