Is Ian's view insightful, or virgin on the ridiculous?
The revelations over MPs' expenses claims have meant that news has been breaking on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis.
High ranking ministers and back benchers have fallen - or been pushed - and among those to tender their resignation was speaker Michael Martin.
Many names have been linked with this vacancy, including that of Birkenhead
MP and ECHO columnist Frank Field.
In his own column on Monday, Ian Hernon said he was glad that Frank probably wouldn't stand - or get - to be the next speaker.
Ian argued: "He is far too valuable as a maverick policy maker and opinion former to be stuck in a gilded chair." He went on to give his take on the others runners and riders too including Margaret Beckett and former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell.
As with most of our columnists, not everyone appreciated his forthright views - although some were right behind him.
Chris Mills from Hoylake emailed to say he agreed with Ian's feelings about Frank Field..
"I am always impressed by Mr Field's insightful comments and his willingness to swim against the tide," he wrote. "I think your parliamentary expert is spot on - Mr Field would have been a terrible loss to the cut and thrust of Commons business.
"We need more MPs like him challenging the spin doctors which, as Ian Hernon says, would have been sadly wasted were he to become speaker." Mrs Diana Lewis of L12, though, took issue with one of Ian's remarks in the same column on the subject of Speaker front-runner Ann Widdicombe.
"While I am generally in agreement with your writer Ian Hernon and believe his opinions to be informed and well expressed, I was upset to read him having an unnecessary snipe at Ann Widdicombe.
"He referred to her as 'a professional virgin' which I think is inappropriate. Ann Widdicombe is a woman of great intelligence who speaks a lot of common sense. I think she would make an excellent speaker, especially at a time when public confidence in MPs is so low.
To comment on her sexual status is entirely out of context and, although he goes on to add that she is 'plain speaking' I wonder if he hasn't revealed his true (and slightly sexist) colours!" In fairness, Mrs Lewis, Ann Widdicombe did once famously say "If anyone says I am not a virgin, I will sue," so Ian is surely not guilty on this one..