1. . By my reckoning, we paid our MP's about £60,000 in salary during the time it took to elect him (nearly 4 hours). Forget duck ponds, Parliamentary procedures are flushing our money down the toilet. Electronic voting would have done the job in minutes. (calculations based on annual salary split down into 48 x 60 hour weeks to give an hourly rate). Mind you, I'm not exactly holding General Synod up as a model of excellence at the moment (see post below).
2. Folk are already queueing up to kneecap Bercow before he's started. Cry 'Hang On!' and let slip the dogs of peace. Give the guy a chance.