MPs seem to be embroiled in various plots over tomorrow’s election of a new speaker for the House of Commons, the aim of which seem to be to make sure not too much reform happens (Guardian story, Times story, beautifully-tailored to their respective readerships).

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately talking politics with the average man in the street (this sounds rather more lofty than it is — work experiencing at local papers in the middle of the expenses scandal means people talk of little else).

And given that the average man on the street seems to want anyone to be an MP except anyone who’s an MP right now, one has to marvel at our current crop’s apparent deathwish.