Does anyone (someone with a BSc in Politics and Economics for example) know why electing the speaker does not involve a simple blind ballot?
It's now way way way late, and still no result. I'm sure the Beeb are glad they put the news back an hour. They might just catch the final nomination...
It's to do with the way that they must hear each contender and then vote in a division like way (which we, the public, must not hear or see as BBC Parliament channel cuts dead during divisions). And then on to the next contender.
I'm actually split on this one - I love tradition and pointless routine, of which Parliament and the legal system have plenty of examples of, but on the other hand, I prefer fairness and simplicity, and from that angle the simple ballot would be better.
Can I see that clip of Del Boy falling through the bar hatch again?
Yes, and here's Betty Boothroyd as a Tiller Girl on Morecombe and Wise too...
I think they finally dragged the new Mr Speaker to the chair at 9.20pm. The schedulers and editors at BBC News must be kicking themselves that they moved the bulletin back an hour.
Just to explain, traditionally nobody should show willingness to become Speaker. As a representative of Parliament the occupier of the post could face death for confronting the Monarch on constitutional issues of the day. This is why the Speaker should be symbolically 'dragged' to the Chair.