by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

Erickson is flat-out wrong on the pattern of choosing [House of Commons] speakers.  They have almost always come from the government benches -- Horace King in 1965, Selwyn Lloyd in 1971, George Thomas in 1976, Bernard Weatherill in 1983.  The only reason they installed Betty Boothroyd was due to an outright revolt at the not-so-good Tory candidates on offer.  She is the only speaker from the Opposition benches since the Second World War.

With Speaker Martin now up in flames, Appleyard sifts through the ashes of the last decade under Labour.

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