Parliament did itself no favours last night.
The mawkish and interminable tributes to the outgoing Speaker were followed by a Ruritarian ceremony in the early hours of this morning to confirm the prorogation.
Labour and SNP MPs had a sing song while men in tights speaking Norman French officially announced the ending of the marathon session.
We should remember the session was only curtailed by a few days and Parliament was due to break for the party conference season at the end of this week in any event.
But amid the theatrics, incomprehensible procedures and outbursts of sentimentality the MPs are right to be furious about the unilateral action of the Boris Johnson.
Opposition MPs cannot fulfil their main function of holding the Government to account.
The Home Affairs select committee, for example, has been denied the chance to question Priti Patel about how a no-deal Brexit would impact on our security.
Johnson will now avoid a session of the Liaison Committee which wished to quiz him about his Brexit plans, or lack of them.
MPs who tabled questions about Government policy have received replies from ministers saying they will not receive an answer because Parliament is now prorogued.
Often these questions relate to constituency matters or are ways of shining a light on the government’s failure to deliver public services or misuse of expenditure.
It is not the MPs who lose out when Parliament is not operating, it is the public.
One of the ironies of John Bercow’s time as Speaker is that, despite his efforts to enhance the power of MPs, Parliament has rarely been held in such disdain by the public.
Efforts to tackle this anti-politics sentiment have not been helped by Theresa May’s resignation honours list .
The convention that departing PMs can shower baubles on cronies, flunkies and hangers on would shame a medieval monarch.
It is extraordinary that a modern, supposedly democratic country allows an individual to appoint someone to the legislature where, without an election taking place, they now have the right to make and shape our laws for life.
In Mrs May’s case this is especially distasteful given she mocked David Cameron’s list and promised in the 2017 Tory manifesto to review the honours system so it “commands public confidence” and “rewards genuine public service.”
How does giving a convicted domestic abuser a knighthood command public confidence?
What genuine public service did Theresa May’s aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill achieve?
Tory MPs who lose their seats in 2017 may feel particularly aggrieved.
The real scandal of allowing resignation honours is not seeing the PM’s mates get a gong, though that is galling enough, it is the way it devalues the awards handed to those who genuinely deserve them.
9.30am – Boris Johnson chairs Cabinet.
10am – Meeting of a cross-party group of MPs who want a Brexit deal.
10.30am – Jeremy Corbyn speech to the TUC in Brighton.
The House of Commons is not sitting as it has been suspended by the Government.
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