There is something irrepressible in the human spirit that can be captured in moments of destruction. Throughout human history great acts of cultural effacement, whether it is the bringing down of religious idols or the toppling statues, seem to satisfy a visceral human need. Perhaps we often fool ourselves that in destroying something that is so physical an embodiment of our fears and anxieties, we are also banishing it from the moral world. There is a cleansing and even a peace, however illusory or transient, to be found even in destroying things.
Wednesday’s row was about a critical issue, fundamental to the operation of parliamentary democracy in this country.