Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Go Sir Alan Beith!

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Over at LibDem Voice, I have voted for Sir Alan Beith to be the next Speaker. He has the right no-nonsense eloquence and a thoroughly reforming mind. He also used to chair the Commons Administration commitee so has experience of cross-party co-operation in the House.

A fortnight ago I would have voted for Sir Menzies Campbell. However, he has tainted himself, albeit very mildly. I don't think it is right to have someone as Speaker, who, in the eyes of the country, has a inflated sense of MPs' rights to reimbursement.

Otherwise Frank Field or Dr Roger Taylor would be good candidates in my view.

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