The Speaker should go. This is the man who moved to block freedom of information on MPs expenses. This is the man who is meant to hold the respect of Parliament and parliamentarians. This is the man whose first instinct last week was to shoot the messengers rather than address the crisis breaking all around us.
There is to be a vote of confidence next week – but I hope for his as well as our sake – that he goes of his own volition before then.
That doesn’t deal with the MPs who have defrauded the system or evaded tax – who must face investigation under the law. They should be sacked. Those who have had to ‘pay back’ depending on the scale of the offence either should be deselected/resign or face their electorate in due course and give them the ultimate say on their future. And those MPs who haven’t done anything wrong should have equal space in the Telegraph saying so.
I texted Nick Clegg a few days ago to suggest he call for the dissolution of Parliament as I cannot see how we can continue given that we, the members of the House of Commons, have collectively no credibility or respect or trust. Listening to a pundit on the news just now, though, he said we need three months to do this in orderly fashion – to deselect those MPs who have abused the system and to not go to the polls at a moment when in anger – the baby would be thrown out with the bathwater. I assume he meant that the anger and the fury of the people voting at this moment would turn it into an election exclusively about an expression of that anger – and that elections should be about the economy etc. I am not sure I agree – as everything feels contaminated at the moment.