Lockwood Smith seems to be losing the plot. He’s now issuing open threats to the Press Gallery of all things:
Parliament’s Speaker, Lockwood Smith, has warned the media that the coverage of MPs’ expenses borders on lobbying, and if it continues he will treat journalists as lobbyists.
If the newspapers do want to have a view and want to lobby on it, I’m very happy to issue them with a lobbyist card and relieve them of their [Press Gallery] offices here, and if they want to be lobbyists – fine.
[Hey gallery hacks – time to teach young Lockwood a lesson. Got anything on expenses rorts you’ve been holding back?…]