Easy enough to explain:
The new Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has made a cracking start. He has promised to restore the reputation of the Commons and said last week that there must be no more bullying in parliament: “The bullying culture is over.” Fine words, but does he really mean them?
Let’s hope he doesn’t end up fudging this, in the way that he now seems rather worryingly to be trying to fudge the record over his controversial public backing for a peerage for John Bercow, his predecessor. Just a few weeks ago, he told the BBC: “Every Speaker has been offered a peerage and I would expect John Bercow to be offered a peerage. That has always been custom and practice . . . I wouldn’t break that custom and practice . . . I think it should be offered to him.”