Michael Martin fought tooth and nail to prevent the exposition of this Parliament as monumentally, systemically and institutionally corrupt and therefore his resignation should be welcomed.
But Martin should not serve as the sole lightening conductor for what has been going on in our name.
Hundreds of "Honourable Members" have decided, activley, to rob the taxpayer of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Nick Brown, Labour Chief Whip, has claimed a whopping £18,000 for food, and not even bothered to submit receipts so arrogant is he of his "right" to this money.
Diana Johnson, MP for Hull North a place she visited for the first time when she came up for selection, claimed £1,000 in fees for a design for her house, and her expenses overall are a total disgrace.
In total, she claimed £166,509 in travel expenses and allowances between April 2007 and March 2008 – 2.4 per cent more than the previous year when she submitted returns worth £162,584.
Alan Johnson, her neighbouring MP and senior Cabinet Minister claimed £11,000 the vast majority of which went on rail travel.
Where to now?
1) All Labour MP’s to face mandatory re selection.
2) This Parliament to be dissolved and an immediate General Election called.
3) The next Parliament to pass a Reform Bill to include fixed term Parliaments elected by the De Honte PR system, and a fully elected Upper House.
4) All MP’s should be subject to recall.
5) Labour Party candidates to be selected by a US style Primary System.
Our current system just doesn’t work and we face the biggest crisis in our political system since 1688.
Martin failed to grasp the gravity of where we are at in our busted democracy and he had to go.