Not Me Gov
Posted Wednesday, 3 December 2008 at 15:37
I have just left the Chamber following the statement made by the Speaker regarding the arrest of Damian Green.
The atmosphere was a mixture of the most intense and angry emotion I have ever known.
The Speaker's statement amounted to a litany of 'not me gov' .
I was disappointed to hear the Speaker blame the relatively new Sergeant at Arms Jill Pay, who has only been in post a few months. Sadly, if Muir the Deputy Sergeant at Arms, who recently retired, had still been in post with all his knowledge and experience, things may have been different.
The Speaker stated that the SAA had not told him that the police did not have a warrant.
It was his job to ask, not her job to inform.
The reason why so many here are so angry is very simple. The information passed on to Damian Green was in the public interest. No official secrets broken, no threat to security, just the simple stuff such as has been passed from department to MP since Parliament began.
I reckon the Speaker, who I really like, may not survive today.
His statement was about protecting his own back as opposed to protecting those to whom he owes his protection as a necessity of convention.
He will always hold a place in my heart as the first Speaker to swear me in; but today, I am awash with disappointment as the reality dawned on me, that the coveted chair and the man to whom as Speaker I have always been loyal, is without honour.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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