With only about thirty minutes to go, we were given a reprieve last night and allowed to speak for three minutes on World War 1. Big deal! This came about because the previous business accelerated and the so-called “dinner hour debate” became the final business of the evening, and the hour was elongated to ninety minutes.
The extra thirty minutes enabled each of us backbenchers – 21 in all – to have two minutes extra. How do you work that out?
I don’t think this in any way undermines the case for taking these decisions away from the establishment, and giving them to a group of backbenchers!