Monday, 22 June 2009

There Is Only One Choice

The leader in today's Daily Telegraph poses a question to which there is really only one choice for Speaker from the list of candidates, a list woefully short of exceptional candidates.

On the basis that the only expenses which should have been claimed, under the present system, are for rent/mortgage and utility bills all candidates, bar one, are guilty of abuse; the one exception being Ann Widdecombe.

Whilst acknowledging that she has stated she would stand down at the next election - and who knows, she may change her mind - the position of Speaker should be one that is reviewed at the beginning of each Parliament. It is acknowledged that this would leave the choice virtually in the hands of any majority party, however this can be overcome if the Speaker were chosen by the public - democracy?

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