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There is scant sympathy for Bercow, but his complaints echo some of those during the Paterson row.
Why did so many senior Conservatives invest so much political capital in a scheme dependent on Starmer’s goodwill?
By not offering voters a retail package of reform, he has left himself with little political cover and limited escape options.
There are slender means for discussion, coaching and mentoring us about the particular dangers and pressures of public life.