February 24th, 2014

WATCH: 12 Year-Old John Bercow’s TV Debut on Crackerjack

For those who didn’t see this in the Sun on Sunday, the video shows a 12 year-old John Bercow, in his Finchley Manorhill School uniform competing on Crackerjack. Crackerjack ran for 29 years, and 451 shows. Top game was a quiz, with prizes won for a right answer and cabbages for a wrong one. No-one lost — everyone got a coveted Crackerjack pencil. Whenever the host – Ed Stewpot in this case – said the word “crakerjack” the studio audience shouted back in panto fashion “crackerjack”. This was interactive television…

Guido suspects that MPs of a certain age will not be able to restrain themselves from shouting the catchphrase…


  1. 1
    Gerbil 7 says:

    He was 24 at the time.


    • 6
      Leslie Crowther says:

      What happened to Peter Glaze?


      • 12
        Bill Quango MP says:

        Luckily he’s dead. Even by the odd looking uncles of the 1970s, TV presenter standards, he was a candidate for operation yewtree


    • 15
      DLT says:

      Uhh oh! This doesn’t look good.


      • 17
        Lord RamHard says:

        It’s all right Dave. Your crime was to get the horn and be a sexist. All those women in mini skirts and thigh length boots, and tight knit jumpers and cross your heart bras smelling of Yardley, made you reach out for a titty.
        You perv!

        You’ll get 30 years, now the CPS has massively over reacted


    • 93
      Mr Nurdle says:

      “Guido suspects that MPs of a certain age will not be able to restrain themselves from shouting the catchphrase…” because of all the noise all he would hear is “cracker”


  2. 2
    Sir Jams So-vile says:

    Phwooaarr, I would.

    Actually, I did!


    • 19
      RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

      A cheeky little chappie indeed……. NCCL would have been rooting for him?


      • 32
        East India Company Wallah says:

        Beaten into fourth place by an immigrant chappie-the Empire is yours now Bob


        • 61
          Henry Crun says:

          Fancy asking the young Indian lad if he worked in a curtain shop? That’s racist, that is.


        • 66
          RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

          Yes, slowly but surely will will take over this cash cow you call home :) thankfully we all have our homeland homes to retire too, very rich and you will keep sending us money every month :)

          Thank you :)


  3. 3
    cornwall storms says:

    Oh for some real politicians Y’know , honest, out of serve the public, hardworking. And it’s quite obvious that bercow with his odious wife doesn’t fit into any of those categories.


    • 95
      Mr Nurdle says:

      “some real politicians Y’know , honest, out of serve the public, hardworking.” You are talking about our lot of MPs and Lords, I don’t say there are no honest, upstanding and hard working ones but they seem be rather thin on the ground, there always seems to be something they are into.


  4. 4
    Anonymous says:



  5. 5
    John Bercow says:

    I still play this game at home with Sally.
    Except the stick is smaller and hole is bigger.


  6. 7
    Sally Batrecow says:

    It’s Friday!
    It’s 5 O ‘clock
    It’s crack open Jack!


  7. 8
    cornwall storms says:

    I would say crackerjack was probably quite a good learning curve for someone who eventually ended up in parliament.


  8. 9
    Sally Batrecow says:

    He hasn’t grown much, has he?


  9. 10
    Tommy Twp says:

    A short-arsed loser even then.


  10. 11
    I think he came forth .......... (of four) says:

    Given the antics of his wife, I wonder if John still has lead in his Crackerjack pencil?


  11. 13
    The BBC says:

    We would prefer that you do not re-visit Crackerjack. Who knows what you will find?


  12. 14
    Anonymous says:

    He met Jimmy Savile afterwards & taught him how to enter young conservatives.


  13. 18
    C.O.Jones says:

    Rumour has it that Ed Miliband appeared on Blockbusters – wearing a bowtie.

    I kid you not.


  14. 21
    Amit Phander says:

    was he felt up by DLT and Jimmy?!


  15. 23
    Ah! nothing changes says:

    Is that it. He only played a little part.


  16. 24
    Licence to Grill says:

    Tony Hall is to mount a defence of the BBC licence fee, rebuking critics who suggest it should be shared amongst other broadcasters.

    In a speech in Oxford this week, the director general will say that “top-slicing” would place much-loved “content and services” at risk.

    His comments will be seen a rebuke to former chairman Michael Grade, who wants BBC fees shared with Channel 4.

    Lord Hall will argue those plans could destabilise the entire TV industry.

    “In the anxiety to privatise the BBC, this proposal suggests nationalising the rest of the sector,” he will tell the Oxford Media Convention on Wednesday.

    “But, most importantly, the fragmentation of the licence fee risks de-stabilising a broadcasting model that works.


    • 31
      C.O.Jones says:

      “much-loved “content and services””

      I don’t think so, most of it is crap!


      • 35
        Licence to Grill says:

        You should have watched Eastenders for the late Wendy Richard. According to Wikipedia:

        Richard was a supporter of the Conservative Party. During the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, Richard was a frequent and conspicuous supporter of Thatcher’s policies and accomplishments. At one point the EastEnders scriptwriters gave Richard a script in which Pauline Fowler launched into a tirade against Thatcher, and Richard refused to perform it.


      • 37
        Licence to Grill says:

        You should have watched Eastenders for the late Wendy Richard. According to Wikipedia:

        Richard was a supporter of the Conservative Party. During the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, Richard was a frequent and conspicuous supporter of Thatcher’s policies and accomplishments. At one point the EastEnders scriptwriters gave Richard a script in which P*uline Fowler launched into a tirade against Thatcher, and Richard refused to perform it.


        • 84
          I hate the BBC says:

          So that’s about 4 people now who work/worked at the BBC and support/supported the Tories. Wow we might one day get into double figures the number of Tory supporters working at the BBC.


      • 40
        M102 says:

        I hear that Lord Smith of the EA is a shoo in to replace Fatty Pang next year lol.


      • 44
        BBC The Repeats Broadcaster says:

        The BBC is all repeats, repeats, repeats, repeats.


    • 38
      Executive Summary says:



    • 39
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      much loved content and services = endless fucking repeats and lefty propaganda.


    • 64
      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? says:

      ”Tony Hall is to mount a defence of the bbc license fee”

      lmao, two words Tony:

      Peadophile Coverups

      You are finished, even the man on the street have cottoned onto the bias.


  17. 26
    altruism in industry says:

    It’s unfucking believable, so called intellectual Ukrainians see western life and want some of it so our lot say “sure come in, here’s some billions of dosh”. If Ukraine is such a shit hole who’s fault is that ?


  18. 28
    altruism in industry says:

    who’s whose


  19. 30
    Let them eat PIE says:

    Harriet and her lawyers must be burning the midnight oil….3rd or 4th day in a row at the DM……and she tried to get Page 3 banned…you couldn’t make it up!



  20. 42
    Whitewash Warning says:

    Julian Hartley-Jam on LBC has the Harman/NCCL/PIE scandal as a topic this afternoon.


  21. 43
    Suspiciously coloured liquid pouring over women sitting on your lap - welcome to Crackerjack! says:


  22. 45
    Peter Grimes says:

    Bercow was an ugly little shit even then!


  23. 49
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    The real question is whether medium term US security costs in Europe can be reduced more easily by shifting those costs to Europe or splitting them with R’uss!a.

    That of course will impact European’s in more ways than they realize at present.

    Stepping back from US ‘exceptionalism’ will not please A’IPAC and associated lobbies, but will allow the US to trade hard power losses for soft power gains.

    Long term that is unquestionably in the best interests of the US, but perhaps not its allies.


  24. 51
    Libertie(s) says:

    Cabbages, cabbages ….get your cabbages here


  25. 53
    Jimi says:

    Ukraine is near bankrupt.

    Now Ukraine has no choice but to except IMF/EU austerity big time.

    Ukrainian will longer be a sovereign state. Disaster capitalism in action!



    • 105
      Socialism = Starvation says:

      70 years of socialism followed by a change in the guard and much of the same for the next 20 years.


  26. 56
    Kate Burlesque says:

    I love toyboys


  27. 58
    Jimi says:

    While they’re about it they need to issue an arrest warrant for EU Commission president José Barroso, for facilitating the destruction of Ukraine and fanning the flames which led to the deaths of dozens of its policemen


  28. 60
    Nonce Sense says:

    It might make it easier if we just put all catholic priests in prison, as it appears they’re all nonces.

    An 85-year-old former Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to a series of child-related sex offences after being extradited from Tenerife. In a hearing at Derby Crown Court, Francis P*ul Cullen admitted 21 counts of indecent assault of seven children. The abuse, of boys and girls from 6 to 16, took place between 1957 and 1991. Cullen, born in Dublin, worked in SHunthorpe, Leicester, Nottingham and Alfreton, Buxton and Mackworth, Derbyshire.


    • 67
      if only one life is saved its worth it loon says:

      Chuck in TV presenter’s, politicians, Teachers, scout leaders and judges and that should hold them. For a while.


  29. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Just as well I didn’t go into politics since I am in a Gary Glitter video eh


  30. 76
    Screwtape says:

    Such a nice little boy – I wonder if Auntie Harriet, Uncle Jack and Auntie Patricia and their friends were waiting for him backstage.

    PS Anyone else notice that it’s not just the BBC that’s staying clear of the Mail’s revelations; the silence from Guido becomes ever more deafening.

    What’s Harriet got on you Guido?


    • 82
      Gheedough says:

      Hang on a bit, I only started my lunch at 11.

      If it’s urgent, just email Massa’s PR dept for a statement, or just check whether he’s tweeted about teh subject recently.


  31. 85
    Jimmy says:

    So after losing to an Asian kid he joined the Monday Club?


  32. 86
    Ghost of Peter Glaze says:

    Thank FCUK Im long dead


  33. 91
    Bent and Corrupt Culture In High Places says:

    Bloody hell, that looks like Warsi beating him to first place!


  34. 102
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Even then he looked odd. Out of place, different, but not in a good way.

    He should have had his hair cut for his moment of TV glory.


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“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”

Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!

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