I've just attended the hustings for the new Commons Speaker to be elected next Monday.
At the start of the meeting, there were more candidates than MPs who'd come to listen and - though I didn't count - probably more reporters too.
When the room filled up (only a little), the couple of dozen MPs who attended would have enjoyed:
• Ann Widdecombe declaring that it was not time for a "trusty old senator" but for a tribune;
• the bookies' favourite John Bercow warning that ministers are like "a driver going at 100mph with no brakes" and that Parliament needed to control them;
• and what caught my eye: Margaret Beckett, making a new argument instead of parroting the fashionable one.
The next House of Commons might, Mrs Beckett said, have to construct a new relationship with a reformed House of Lords and might have a minority government with a significant number of MPs from minority parties.
She said that she'd seen a previous Speaker, Selwyn Lloyd, deal with a similar situation and that she could do it. I came away thinking she just might.
That is certainly the wish of a growing number of Tories who loathe their own man Bercow - indeed one remarked that he was a vain man who would read the weather forecast as if he was Henry V at Agincourt.
When I asked one leading Tory who he'd be backing, he pinched his nose, looked pained and remarked "It'll have to be Ma Beckett".
Update, 18 June: Sorry to Ann Widdecombe: yesterday, I misheard and therefore misquoted her as saying she wished to be "queen" in comparison to "trusty old senators". She in fact said - as the metaphor should have made me realise - that she wanted to be tribune.