The row over the investigation into the former Prime Minister is, in almost every respect, a political one.
Tory MPs felt no great urge to leap to the PM’s defence, but also showed no desire to defenestrate him, and instead drifted off to lunch.
As long as this former priest and aspirant actor can find some high moral reason for doing so, he loves to make trouble.
Conservative MPs have chosen to await her report, plus perhaps Geidt, Stone, the police, potential resignations – and an unhappy Chancellor.
Why did so many senior Conservatives invest so much political capital in a scheme dependent on Starmer’s goodwill?
Many MPs feel deeply unhappy about how the Paterson case has been handled by the Commissioner.
Nor could the Foreign Secretary pretend that his department was paying much attention to Afghanistan before the fall of Kabul.
This Commons has been excoriated over Brexit, but nothing becomes it like its ending. By putting Hoyle and Bryant in the final, it turned its back on the Bercow era.
But Laing’s 127 votes have to divide roughly five to one if he is to beat Hoyle – who therefore remains favourite.
Laing has 122 votes, Bryant 120. Unless the candidates who withdraw transfer disproportionately to one of them, Hoyle seems to be home and dry.
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Nor could the Attorney General provide anything for his colleagues to cheer.
Although Brexit has not yet taken place, it has already had an admirably invigorating effect on Parliament.