The Department of Absurd Over-Reaction and Over-Statement, Part 1

Referring to the Speaker’s expenses for maintaining his residence, failed MP Martin Bell: “We are close to a state of constitutional crisis.”

Attacking Michael Martin for authorising work in his official home is like criticising the Queen for allowing restoration work at Buckingham Palace. I actually remember a member of the public phoning Radio 4 during the “controversy” over Derry Irvine’s wallpaper back in 1997 (I think) suggesting that instead of buying Pugin wallpaper for the Lord Chancellor’s apartments, he should pop off to B&Q and get something nice for a tenner a role. Actually, on reflection, maybe that caller was Martin Bell in disguise…?

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