Yesterday, Commons Speaker John Bercow made an ‘apology’ in the House for calling – with justification – Andrea Leadsom’s decision to use a ministerial statement to erode time for Labour’s Grenfell Tower debate ‘stupid’ – or, as he put it, making a ‘muttered aside‘.
It was an object lesson in making an ‘apology’ that nobody could raise a complaint about while highlighting the character and competence of the government:
“Anyone who knows the Leader of the House at all well will have not the slightest doubt about her political ability and her personal character” is world-class parliamentary ‘shade’ so good that it is almost on a par with Dennis Skinner’s famous ‘withdrawal’ of an insult to half of the Tories on the other side of the House by saying that half were not crooks.
Bercow gave not an inch to the pathetic, cowardly and disrespectful tactics the government routinely resorts to in order to escape accountability for its failures and cruelties.
Well done to him for that.
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