June 23, 2009
MPs Drag Their Feet on Reform
Rachel Sylvester, The Times
John Bercow was out campaigning with his one-year-old daughter in the Portcullis House coffee shop at the House of Commons yesterday morning — a new man promising to be the “clean break” candidate in the race to be elected House of Commons Speaker. “We need change,” he told MPs, as he set out his plans to push through “an agenda for reform and renewal”. He wants a new expenses system, more independent scrutiny of legislation — and an enhanced role as an ambassador for Parliament, explaining the mysteries of politics to the outside world. Will he now exchange the Speaker's tricorn hat for a baseball cap?
On the face of it, MPs voted for modernity last night. But in fact the whole contest shows just how out of touch the...
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