So he’s going. The man who, having held the job for over eight years, didn’t know what MP’s were telling him yesterday.
I have seen blogs saying that he was pressured due to class warfare, that he was looked down on because he was a sheet metal worker from Glasgow. What a load of bollocks
Betty Boothroyd was, at one time, a dancer in a revue. What did people think of her? A very, very good speaker
George Thomas was the first Speaker to be heard via any media, when the Commons was broadcast, during his tenure between 1976 and 1983. He was also a very good speaker, because he, his successor Bernard Weatherill and Betty Boothroyd all understood that the Speaker has to be impartial. Indeed George Thomas’ impartiality made him enemies from his old (Labour) Party who accused him of favouring the Conservatives and Maggi Thatcher
I don’t believe that Michal Martin ever was impartial.
With the expenses row still in full swing, we need a clear out of MP’s who are there as if it’s a career. Anyone who’s been in Politics without tasting the wider world and getting experience should be banned from being an MP. Too many people nowadays work as a Researcher for an MP or a Party as soon as they leave University, they are then Selected to stand for a seat, sometimes they get lucky and get a safe seat, where is their experience of anything outside Politics??