The Tory MP for Shipley decided last night that the best possible use of public funds was for him to try to talk out a proposal for the Youth Parliament to occasionally use the Commons chamber when the House is in recess. This seems fairly uncontroversial and indeed, the Youth Parliament sat there last year without leaving chewing gum under the seats or tagging the woodwork, so you might imagine that this would be a no-brainer. Cue Phil D, for whom 'no-brainer' effectively describes his capacity. He seems to think that letting the Youth Parliament sit upon the green benches somehow compromises the name of the mother of parliaments, in a way that any number of MPs with their snouts in the collective trough clearly do not. He complained about the cost, drawing a figure of £30-40k from a rumour that he had heard. Davies filibustered for quite some time, drawing snide comments from both sides of the House, before he was silenced by a closure motion that deferred a substantive vote until 11:30 this morning. It is to be hoped that wiser heads will silence Mr Davies and let the vote pass without obstruction, as this is a worthy cause that is helping to inspire young people to think of political discussion as positive and to take an interest in the future.