Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Speaker to stand down - let joy be unconfined!!!!!
STV say that the Speaker will stand down. Sky also say that "sources" tell them this will happen!
Commons Speaker Michael Martin will resign over the MPs' expenses scandal this afternoon, according to Sky sources.
He is expected to make an announcement at 2:30pm.
Mr Martin is due to meet party leaders to discuss reform of MPs' expenses at 4pm.
Sky's political correspondent Joey Jones said: "I think the likelihood is that friends of Michael Martin will have told him to think about the situation and to consider the events of yesterday, when he had no control of the House of Commons.
"He will have reflected on that overnight.
"I am sure that he will have taken counsel from his fellow MPs, perhaps particularly among the Scottish MPs, and decided that this was the time to go."
Hallejujah! Let the church bells ring out! Let there be dancing in the street!
But, of course, he is not a scapegoat (of course) and will only be replaced by Buggins, so remember the old Chinese proverb - 'Be Careful what you wish for - you might get it'.
But, for now, in the words of Mrs Thatcher: "Rejoice! Rejoice!"