The shop steward of the Commons has spoken and wasn't it telling?
Speaker Martin showed his anger not at the behaviour of MPs who have brought the Commons into disrepute but, instead, with those who criticise the way he has handled the sorry expenses saga.
On a day when the prime minister joined other party leaders in apologising for MPs' behaviour, the Speaker did not.
Whilst he did speak of the need for "serious change" his passion was reserved for worrying aloud about MPs' fears - legitimate, of course - that their confidential data might have been stolen and misused.
The Speaker cannot and never could have acted alone to change the expenses system. He is a representative of MPs not their leader. He is restricted by what the political parties are prepared to countenance.
However, he is the figurehead of the Commons. During his time in the chair MPs have fought a costly and counter-productive battle to stop publication of their expenses and failed to agree reform.
Once again, voices are being raised ever so softly at Westminster about whether it is time for someone else to take his place.