December 9th, 2013

Free John Bercow

John Bercow has decreed that today’s Commons sitting will be devoted to honouring Nelson Mandela, though he has not always been such a big fan. Former Big Brother star Derek Laud, who was a member of the Monday Club along with Bercow, claims:

According to the club, Nelson Mandela was a “criminal” and “deserved” his prison sentence. I was alone in saying the opposite and John and his cohorts told me I only felt such a thing because I was black.”

Guido was having a little read of Bobby Freidman’s Bercow biography over the weekend. Let’s hope no one mentions the fact that Bercow was on very good terms with John Carlisle, the so-called “MP for Pretoria” who infamously said that “the system of apartheid in South Africa has worked in terms of government”. Carlisle said Bercow “broadly subscribed to what I was saying”:

“He used to ring me up to say, ‘Where are you going next, can I come?’ He knew what I was speaking on, my reputation, the opposition we would find… John would never have come on those trips if he hadn’t concurred with those views.”

On one occasion Carlisle was due to speak at the Cambridge Union, proposing an anti-sanctions motion. As the party made their way to the Union, they came across protesters waiting for them and amidst a sea of rotten eggs, Bercow started arguing back. “He loved it,” Carlisle recalls, “he was good on his feet and believed in the cause, he genuinely did.”

Let’s hope no one brings this up at Bercow’s special memorial event…


  1. 1
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Migrant populations often have a tough time, no matter where they move to. It has to be said that the recent influx of people from central and eastern Europe into the UK, hasn’t been universally welcomed. However, a piece of research I recently read from the Unites States, suggests we should all have a closer look.

    The Partnership for a New American Economy calculates that immigrant business owners employ one in 10 U.S. private-sector workers, and notes that they started more businesses in recent years, in contrast to a decline in start-ups by native-born Americans.

    I don’t know whether that pattern is repeated in the UK, but on-the-ground observations suggest that it may well be. The thing about migrants is that they have at least shown some backbone and initiative by getting off their collective backside and moving to another country. It seems this is often translated into positive action when they get there.

    • 9
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      The flaw in your argument is that benefits are much less generous in the United States which has a higher work ethic and success is admired and not sneered at.

      • 15
        PC DIXON says:

        Which makes the point that if immigrants are not showered with money, housing, schooling, healthcare etc for free they have to pull their fingers out and HAVE to work thereby being a real benefit to the community. Wake up all you LeftLibs and smell the coffee?

        • 17
          Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

          I’m feeling massively enriched in my super diverse multicultural shithouse of a Country and just love paying all the extra tax.

          • Romanian Goat says:

            Mr Bercow is not quite as ugly as my master and his many friends from the village.

            See you soon!

    • 30
      Village Idiot says:

      This country was fine up till 1975,we had controlled immigration and not a lot of Europe,but,with Europe and unfettered immigration,this country has become a terrible place and society,and definitely not an improved country..In fact politicians are responsible for everything that has happened to the UK,and they want more money…
      ….We,the people,are powerless,even with the ballot box,so,what to do?(I am a kipper)

    • 42
      Darth Balls says:

      MP is a duplicitous c*unt – who’d thought it?

  2. 2
    Mitch says:

    Are you suggesting he’s a disgusting hypocrite?

  3. 3
    Gordon Brown says:

    For this debate I will be a unicycle.

  4. 4
    Ma­qb­­oul says:

    Free John Bercow….

    …with ever bottle of HP Sauce.

  5. 5
    Ric Holden CCHQ says:

    This time next month-10 London fire stations will close,14 fire appliances + 2 Fire Rescue Units will be removed and 552 Ff’s post will go.

    Vote Tory !

    Hear! Hear !

    • 11

      552 more full time minicabs on the streets!

    • 13
      Westminster apartheid is cool, sod the plebs says:

      Add that to Nurse/Police reductions and they will have more than covered their 11% pay rise.

  6. 6
    P W Botha says:

    Is that Alan B’stard?

  7. 8
    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    John Bercow, surely an anagram of sanctimonious pretentious Hunt.

  8. 12
    Greychatter says:

    Oh how a few quid and the sniff of power can change someone’s thinking.

    Berscow the worst face of British politics. Despicable little man.

  9. 14
    Anonymous says:

    So what? Give the cant a rest. Mandela was a convicted felon who attempted to bomb his way to power and was locked up for it in conditions that would be a dream of paradise in any other country in Africa. His western backers then lied and lied and lied that he was some kind of saint for 20 years, using Goebbels “big lie” tactic.

    • 20
      Mitch says:

      I think the point G’uido is making is Bercow’s 180 degree change of mind..

    • 21
      Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

      When is this Saint Mandela fawning sycophancy going to end. He was a useless terrorist that should be forgotten.

      • 43
        Innocent_Civ_pwned_by_Mandela says:

        It’s true, he is. One of his bombs knocked me on my ass one day – luckily I was in my office and hadn’t gone out for my lunch or I’d be speaking to you from some place off this mortal coil right now.

        At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 98 the ANC said that they always believed that civilian deaths were a small price to pay.

        Even old terrorists die eventually …

  10. 16
    slack alice says:

    I’ll be bringing my lunch up.

  11. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets may consider increasing their prices north of the border, should Scotland vote for independence next year.

    Let the fun begin……..

  12. 22
    Wheat from the chaff says:

    As the politicos are so hell bent on pay equality with professionals, lets have a qualifying examination to sort out those that really want to serve the country. The MA course would be considered alongside any relevant vocational attributes, business or otherwise that the candidate has to offer.

  13. 24
    Lock up your sons - there's a predatory paedophile about says:

    Is that “the” Derek Laud?

  14. 26
    Mrs Boggins says:

    Dear John Carlisle – my late husband Kenneth fervently supported his enlightened views on educational streaming on grounds other than ability. And he had such a nice complexion.

    • 36
      John Carlisle says:

      Dear Mrs Boggins,

      I think you must be referring to the late, but misplaced, Mr Mandela’s complexion. Mr Bercow’s complexion resembles a smacked arse.

      I hope you husband’s condition continues to improve.

      Yours etc


  15. 27
    11% says:

    No cash for questions, then

  16. 28
    So velly sad says:

    I trust the black MPs will be especially sombre and on the verge of tears today, for the cameras.

  17. 31
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Bercow believes in one thing. Bercow. First, second, foremost. Nothing else matters.

  18. 33
    Bono says:

    I shall be honouring the funeral with my preseence.

  19. 35
    Penfold says:

    Clearly things are slack at Westminster if they can waste a day on Mandela chit chat.

  20. 37
    These days you need to keep your mouth shut says:

    If this happens then there’s not much chance for Mr Bercow, or indeed any of us with a slightly different take on the mainstream view…

  21. 45
    stushie says:

    Mandla’s philosophy. The end justifies the means.
    Where have we heard this one before?

  22. 46
    Tracey Worthless says:

    I like John, wish he was P.M.

Seen Elsewhere

Guido’s Column | Sun
NUT’s Loony Defence of Status Quo | Jago Pearson
A Dozen Reasons to Be Cheerful | John McTernan
Political Bloggers Are Equal Opportunities Attackers | ConHome
Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV

Guido-hot-button (1) Guido-hot-button (1)

Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:


AddThis Feed Button

Guido Reads