The House of Commons has rejected the opportunity to reaffirm its control over the Speaker's position. What chance of them ever reaffirming their control over legislation?
Speaker Martin made a statement in which he announced that they were all guilty and the public had been let down and there should be a meeting between the party leaders and no, they were not going to debate Douglas Carswell's Early Day Motion.
No MP had the guts to move that the Speaker leave the Chair so the debate should continue.
David Cameron, having supported the Speaker has now called for the dissolution of Parliament and a General Election as soon as possible after June 4. Right. That is, of course, going to happen. Why didn't he support his own back-bench MP in his EDM? Incidentally, this proves that EDMs are a complete waste of time, something I have been saying for years.
The other thing the whole hullaballoo proves is that the official opposition will hide behind alleged conventions because they are, in the words of their last great leader, "frit".
David Cameron also said that the June 4 vote will be a vote on whether people want a general election. He is still pursuing those eurosceptic votes that are eluding the Conservative Party. The vote on June 4 will be for members of the Toy Parliament. It may well turn into a verdict on the entirel political class. That means you, Mr Cameron and your friends.
UPDATE: The Speaker's Statement and the subsequent debate is now on the Parliamentary website. I apologize to the readers of this blog: unwisely I have taken Speaker Martin's comment about Douglas Carswell's Motion at face value. I ought to have known he would get it wrong.
The Motion will appear in the Order Paper tomorrow as a Substantive Motion on Future Business of the House. Mr Carswell adds (and I do wish his blog's spelling were a bit better):
There is no precedent for such a motion in Erskine May. However, I am advised that given that this is the first direct challenge to the authority of a sitting Speaker in over 300 years, it is not unreasonable to assume that he now request the government find time for a debate on it.We shall see. One also wonders whether Mr Cameron will finally realize that the procedure of the House of Commons is of greater importance than his endless calls for an election now, now, now.