You will be aware that Simon Burns branded the Commons Speaker a'"stupid sanctimonious dwarf" after being asked to address comments through the Chair rather than directly at Government Backbenchers.
Mr Speaker is right on this one, and there's no two ways about it.
The Speaker said he did not hear the remarks, but ordered that they not be recorded by Hansard, the official (theoretically) word for word report of Parliamentary Business.
A couple of points occur here. Mr Burns' comments were childish, unbecoming and quite frankly pathetic.
The Speaker should have put the question that he be named (suspended from the service of the House for five days). This kind of contempt cannot be allowed. In this regard, perhaps the Speaker could have been stronger.
Perhaps the most important point from my perspective is that Hansard should be an accurate transcript of all words spoken in the Commons.
It is a little known fact outside of Westminster that the words printed in Hansard can sometimes be VERY different from the actual words spoken. Either it is a transcript, or it is editted excerpts. Make your minds up!
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