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MPs got a collective rap over the knuckles from Commons Speaker Miss Betty Boothroyd yesterday for asking Ministers long and rambling questions in the Commons.
However, the punishment is little more than a rap over the knuckles for the Trotters' manager.
Instead, recently, he has given a rap over the knuckles.