I have just spent 20 of the most tedious minutes of my life listening to speaker Martin’s statement on MPs expenses. The upshot of it was “I am ploughing on regardless”.
Martin has come to symbolise this whole scandal. It became clear from the points of order raised that Martin’s statement was inadequate. In response to a point of order from LibDem MP Susan Kramer Martin made it clear that it was a matter for the government as to whether Douglas Carswell’s motion of no confidence in the speaker is debated and voted on tomorrow.
So Martin’s fate is in Gordon Brown’s hands. If Brown does not allow a debate and a vote then he will rightly become the centre of the storm. Let’s see how brave Brown is!