Over at Comment Central, various Times writers have nominated who they would pick as Speaker. On the question as to who is the best individual for the job, I don’t have particularly strong views. But we definitely need a Speaker who is completely committed to transparency. I also think that the next Speaker will have to be an advocate for Parliament, someone who can take on a high-profile role explaining the importance of Parliament and what it does. I know this is not the usual role for the Speaker but with respect for Parliament at such a low ebb, it needs someone who can explain its value. Finally, it is imperative that Martin’s replacement commands respect across the House.