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Daniel Finkelstein has picked up on the most striking aspect of Michael Martin's valedictory statement earlier: the cutaways to Brown and Cameron when the ex-Speaker laments their failure to "show leadership" over expenses last year.  Fairly or unfairly, it seems to speak volumes about their characters.  You can see it 0:19 into this video on the Beeb's website - classic stuff.

It doesn't contain the contrasting Brown 'n' Cameron shots, but here are some more highlights of the Speaker's statement:

And you can find the full text here.