May 16th, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: The New Party in Parliament

On Wednesday, a Conservative rose on a point of order and was told points of order would follow the statement. Labour’s Hazel Blears rose on a point of order and was allowed to make it.

She declared she had nominated Julian Lewis for the imminent election, and urged people to go and vote “for what is a very important position for the future of the Defence committee.”

It is said that Ms Blears had been to see the Speaker before morning conference to arrange this point of order (which wasn’t a point of order, but a Speaker-endorsed plug for Julian Lewis).

It is now clear, even to observers outside parliament, that the Speaker runs candidates for elections and intervenes personally and powerfully in their favour.

Thus, Rosie Winterton – it is said – went into a meeting with the Speaker endorsing Keith Simpson for the chair – and came out endorsing Julian Lewis.

Labour whipped the vote – and failed to deliver the Speaker his preferred candidate (but that’s another story).

The Labour whips office whipped a vote on the Speaker’s instructions.

This is something new.

The Speaker had also backed Charles Walker for Chair of the Procedure committee.

The previous chair had recommended that the House debate the question of whether the Speaker should be re-elected by secret ballot. What chance of a Speaker-backed chair putting this report forward?

The answer is: close to zero.

A Speaker involving himself in House business at this level is unprecedented.

His powers are very extensive and beyond appeal. His behaviour in the chair is based on something real. He really is the Prince of this principality.

It seems to be the case that without a personal relationship with him, Members will not get called. And there is anecdotal evidence that he specifically finds out the content of Members’ questions before calling them.

This too is new.

Through patronage, flattery, bullying and abuse, the Speaker has built a party on and off the floor of the House (the membership list is being compiled).

He is the third power of Parliament, after the two front benches.

And this is just the start of his party’s life. He is gathering forces for great prizes: control of the Business, control of time on the floor, the ability to get Motions on the order paper, the ability to undermine and possibly to collapse a fragile Government of which he disapproves (he self-identifies as “a social democrat”).

The bet is that he’ll blow up before he achieves these goals.

But what an operator he is. Machievelli could write another Prince about him.


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  2. 2
    Sally Bercow says:

    Guido, may I borrow that magnifying glass? ** innocent face **


  3. 3
    Bill Quango MP says:

    He reminds me of lord Peytr Baylish from game of thrones.
    Also known as littlefinger.

    The most duplicitous cad among cads.


  4. 4
    The Critic says:

    Why the surprise? just proves that it’ really is impossible to polish a turd


  5. 5
    Roll over and over and over and over until you get dizzy says:

    Who cares, he’s just like the last “mr Speaker” drunk on power and expenses and empty on wondering how the public fit in the democracy charade.


  6. 6
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:


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    nell says:

    Just as I hope nigelfarage will win a seat in Parliament in 2015 I also hope that bercow loses his he has done so much to damage the image of Westminster during his short tenure of the job. Would that we had Betty Boothroyd back!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. 10
    some guy says:

    Any way to remove the head or destroy the brain before he entrenches further?


  9. 14
    Comedy rap says:


  10. 15
    Anonymous says:

    What a slimy little tw*t he is.
    FFS don’t let him back into HoC.


  11. 17
    Laboour says:

    He’s our boy and we love him.


  12. 19
    Betty Boothroyd says:

    Bring back Gorbals Mick


  13. 25
    Tom Hewitt says:

    Hon. Members have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak in this place but as the Speaker is pleased to direct them, whose servant we are here.


  14. 27
    James O'Brien gets mullahd by Frank Lampard says:


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    Anonymous says:

    The whole palace of Westminster is mired in dung, the height of the shard. They don’t deserve any ones votes, there for their own wealth creation and power. The trouble is, they know it too but they really don’t give a fu ck any way.


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    Ockham's Razor says:

    He will overstep himself one of these days.

    They all do.


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      President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

      He seems to encapsulate all that is underhand, undemocratic and just wrong in one tiny little poisonous package.


  17. 34
    String Vest says:

    After his meeting with Axelrod he was seen wearing his cowboy outfit, jumping on to his shetland pony and charging off into the distance.


  18. 36
    Peter Martin says:

    ‘His powers are very extensive and beyond appeal’

    Sounds like the next BBC Trust Chair sorted.


  19. 37
    Bercow is a leech, a parasitical worm & a mosquito all wrapped up in pint sized dwarf says:

    I wish he and his slag of a wife would just fuck off!


  20. 38
    Bercow is a leech, a parasitical worm & a mosquito all wrapped up in pint sized dwarf says:

    And our ‘Azel Blears morals are down the toilet & making their way into the sewers. Ginger leech!


  21. 39
    Bonar Law says:

    No, not “chair”. You mean, “chairman”. “Chair” is achingly right-on and PC.


  22. 43
    David B says:

    And appointed by Labour when they knew they would lose the election!


  23. 44
    Ed Jong-mil says:

    He orso have big torr Sarry break people regs if they disobedient. I approve this massage.


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