Last night, an advance in the Carol Mills story.
The House voted to set up a committee to consider the Governance of the House, including the role of the Clerk and chief executive.
Who thought procedure could be so exciting?
This is a decisive step forward. The remit is wider than expected. It allows, in theory, the source of yesterday’s Bully Bercow story to be called to give evidence.
“Governance of the House” includes control of the Speaker. When the Speaker is out of control, who controls him? That’s the essence of governance.
The Speaker’s bullying, abusive behaviour is within the remit of the committee. Allegations of committee-rigging, running candidates, planting questions, fixing appointments are all within the remit. How the dickens did he let that get through?
John Bercow will be pushing his candidates onto that committee as if his life depended on it (which it may do).