When Lib Dem MP John Hemming officially unveiled Ryan Giggs’ name in the Commons, the Speaker, John Bercow, flew at him like a hissy tomcat.
He regarded the MP’s revelation as an abuse of parliamentary privilege – which is rather odd coming from a man whose primary duty is to protect the interests and integrity of Westminster.
This point was not lost on Tory MP David Davies, who said what a lot of other MPs were thinking about little Bercow’s craven intervention.
In a barely-disguised rebuke, he said: ‘The ability to speak freely is one of the fundamental liberties of parliament.
‘The Speaker has absolutely got to stand up on this.’
The question is this – if he does will anyone actually notice?