There is a lot of chatter today about how The Speaker blocked John Hemming MP from asking a question that, were it not for parliamentary privilege, would be in breach of a super injunction. Not once, but twice.
Speaker of the House of Commons
The Speaker, John Bercow, is a weak Speaker...it's been proven time and time again. We have incompetent public officials all over the place...it's frustrating, but not always critical. An incompetent Speaker is a different matter, because it is his job to protect our constitution. His decision to block Hemming's question is evidence of his collusion with the courts, his disdain or ignorance of the importance of separation of powers, and evidence that he is not up to the job.
If the Speaker decides he is going to prevent MP's from raising super injunctions in future, he is giving the courts the green light to continue operating outside of the principles of open justice. It presents a weakness in the system that, in time, will be exploited to the detriment of democracy.
We are at the top of a very slippery slope. We need a Speaker who will encourage scrutiny of the courts, not collude with the courts to prevent it.
Vote of no confidence? Please?