Gorbals Mick isn’t a

Commons speaker Michael Martin - Gorbals Mick

scapegoat.

Or indeed a victim of any sort of ism or a class war, he was the chief pig with his own special trough who over saw the piglets and all they were up to from the high table.

All his little mates snorting off to anyone who would listen that it was a hatchet job by the real culprits and his enemies in the media. The fact that he was the one that oversaw everything that was going on and knew exactly how bad it was had nothing to do with it.

Yes that’s the way to instil public confidence in our elected officials have the bloke who milked the system for all he could get, made sure his clubhouse chums could do the same with very few questions asked, made sure the Commons sleaze buster Elizabeth Filkin couldn’t do her job when she got close to the truth about his mates and spent thousands upon thousands of the public’s money in legal fees at the High Court to make sure no details of this gorging at the trough found the light of day.

Indeed how would the public view a man who should be at the centre of reforming the system when he seemed not to care a jot that what we’ve been reading about was going on but was more interested in finding out how we came to be reading it and making sure any culprits were made to pay the price. Theft of a disc is of course more important and should involve the police more than the theft of all that tax payers cash.

All that added to the fact he’s been an atrocious Speaker.

The clue is in the title, when this lot chose the next person for the job make sure it’s someone who can speak out loud. Not someone who stumbles over a simple statement that he himself as written.

While you’re at it chose someone who doesn’t hold the office with such contempt, one that doesn’t have such a huge chip on their shoulder, maybe if that had been the case here things wouldn’t have gone so bad. Those that knew the workings of the office would still be about and not the victims of some class war then maybe Mick might have had a better handle on rules and regs and wouldn’t have to ask a clerk if the no confidence vote about him was a substantive bill or not.

And try and get one who isn’t a toady for the sitting government, who ever that will end up being, with such a majority as Labour have had over their period in office having a yes man like Martin in the chair as helped in the process of removing any powers of the house.

And one with a thicker skin would help, someone who can stand the pressure of having a nickname – how dare those horrible English sketch writers do such a thing – it was a good job for him Spitting Image wasn’t still around. Maybe it would be better to get one who is an actual drunk not a lifelong teetotaller who looks and speaks like he’s rat arsed.

Bring back Betty.

Now Martin has just a month to get his own back on those that turned against him, he’s already started on some in that petty way you’d expect, will Kate Hoey be called upon again? Before he trots off to another place, where not only will his trough be gold but it’ll be draped in ermine.

Lord Toady of Toad Hall with his nice lit… large pension the details of which of course he drew up himself – well someone has to pay for his wife’s flights to new York and taxi trips to Sainsbury’s and John Lewis and isn’t that what the British public are there for?

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