The retreating Speaker is now offering to split Robert Rogers’ role (which he always wanted) but have the new administrative position answer to the Clerk (which he never wanted).
This is a disaster for John Bercow – to save his job he has significantly strengthened the Clerk and created an alternative power base backstage.
But this isn’t the end, or even the beginning of the end.
The current legal and procedural shambles is the end of the beginning.
Carol Mills will be doing half the job at twice the salary. At the moment she still has the grace and favour grandeur of 3 Parliament St.
This is clearly untenable.
The process needs to start again.
Without the need for procedural knowledge a multitude of candidates will present themselves for one of the most prestigious jobs in the public service.
Carol Mills’ employment lawyer is going to make a fortune.