The day the House of Commons descended into a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 

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I must have drifted off, because I woke in the small hours of Tuesday morning to find the House of Commons still on the TV. Something extraordinary was happening. An MP was talking sense.

I could hardly believe my ears. Ivan Lewis, an Independent who deserted Labour last year over its appalling anti-Semitism, was patiently explaining to his colleagues what democracy involved. It’s a shame they needed reminding.

“I am voting for a general election tonight,” said Mr Lewis. “I am willing to face the people in my constituency, unlike too many people on these benches.”

Sitting next to him, Hilary Benn had a prissy, thin-lipped, sour expression. Benn and his Brexit-blocking buddies, including Tory...

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