Wallace earned plenty enemies on his own side for his unilateral decision to publish all his expenses online, and for this deeply unpopular stance he was named Campaigner of the Year in the 2008 Spectator/Threadneedle awards. He has not disappointed us. Even Norman Baker squirmed when asked by Jon Snow if the Speaker should go – the old protocol, that MPs never criticise the Speaker, was evidently nagging away at the back of his head. Wallace went for it: Martin has had plenty of time, he has failed, he should go.
This may look like a Tory initiative, but disgust at what’s been going on is spread across all parties. I also think it's significant that the 2005 intake are taking the lead here: the world has changed, Westminster hasn't, and this is clearer to some MPs than others. I draw a division across all parties: good (who are disgusted) the bad (who know it's bad, but don't want to rock the boat) and the ugly (Margaret Moran and Derek Conway). It's time we heard more from the good. Certainly, you get on as an MP by doing what you're told. So Wallace and Carswell will have done their careers no favours today. But I think CoffeeHousers will agree, theirs is a fight worth having.