Just watching Prime Minister's Questions. In case anyone has forgotten the point of this weekly exercise, it is the short time MPs get to bring the PM and his/her government to account. The Speaker is the only person in the House that can interrupt proceedings and therefore the only person who can make the Prime Minister answer the question being asked.
This is the only
thing that the public care about the speaker doing. In answer to David Cameron's last question asking why Gordon Brown is now advancing the alternative vote system the PM is rambling on irrelevantly about Tories and the hereditary principle. The Opposition benches are naturally raucous as the Prime Minister is completely out of line. The Speaker steps up to, quite rightly, tell the Conservatives to shut up so the PM can be heard.
What he should have done was tell the PM to answer the question asked while he was at it. PMQs is not a monologue. Bercow has failed already on what he needs to do. He has a few weeks to improve. And I hope he does or he should lose his seat to Nigel Farage of UKIP.
Labels: David Cameron, Gordon Brown, John Bercow, Nigel Farage, Prime Minister, Speaker, UKIP