Suddenly, it’s not circus and ringmaster but chair-poking lion tamer and circling lions.
For years, John Bercow has been Labour’s Speaker. They have colluded. They meet and plot. They brief mutually.
On Monday night, Bercow was pursuing an obscure and insignificant change to standing orders and he was abandoned by the Labour Whips. Their front bench opposed him. The Motion failed and he was humiliated in the House.