July 18th, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Runners and Riders for Clerk of the House

The decision on the new Clerk is expected soon. It’s down to three candidates: two women and the next-senior clerk David Natzler.

The pale male is the egregiously superior candidate. Natzler is qualified in procedure, experienced in the intricacies and mysteries of the House. His main liability? Apart from the most unfortunate name in the parliamentary manifest, he’s an old Etonian.

The Speaker has stacked the selection panel to put his preferred candidate in. Speaker Watch believes this to be one Carol Mills, an Australian, currently the parliamentary Head of Administration in Canberra.

However, the House wants Natzler and that may force the Speaker’s hand.


50 Comments

  1. 1
    Ed Moribund says:

    Why doesn’t the House just sack the squeaky Hunt? Well within its rights to do so and well within its powers. Nobody likes him.

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  2. 1
    Bastard says:

    Why is Clerk pronounced Clarke?

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  3. 4
    Anonymous says:

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  4. 5
    Cameroooooooooooooon says:

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  5. 7
    Anonymous says:

    No comment

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  6. 8

    Could somebody explain to this cave-dweller why ‘Natzler’ is an unfortunate name?

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  7. 10
    Big Brother the Global Franchise says:

    Too many governments are “rubber-stamping” mass surveillance programmes, the UN human rights watchdog warns

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28367982

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      Kneejerk legislation is Never safe. Yet they always pass it says:

      Simply gathering data, even if it was never consulted, could potentially curb privacy because too few states put good limits on who could look at the data and what it could be used for

      Do we have limits on who can look at this data and what it can be used for?

      The government have tried to sell it as terrorism or serious crime.

      But what if 10 years from now commenting anonymously on a blog is considered terrorism and calling the PM a c unt a serious crime?

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      • 31
        Bluto says:

        That’s the point. Also both the potential users and uses for accessing the data are far too broad and the Bill gives the Minister the power to extend it with little or no parliamentary scrutiny.

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  8. 15
    Guidebook says:

    En passant, WTF does Mr Shorthouse Bercovitch (another bloody foreigner) think the great British public wants another (different) foreigner in such an exalted position in our public life?

    Surely there must be some native Brit around somewhere who is capable of doing the job?

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  9. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Beside Natzler and Mills, who is the other name in the frame?

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  10. 19
    The British media are cunts says:

    Had to laugh at English Muppet interviewed on RT News (hint to RT news, if you’re going to try to make out the plane crash was faked or staged NOT a good idea to use evidence that you yourselves were showing the day before) who was hinting that things don’t look right.

    He suggested that the photo of all the Passports was ‘suspicious’ yet RT news actually showed one of the so called rebels collecting them from the bodies yesterday and the REASON so many looked new was when they were opened up they were either kids or very young people.

    RT need to take some lessons on how to dress up lies, the BBC are masters at it.

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    • 36
      The British media are cunts says:

      Our Government have more form, the establishment including the media covering up all the bum boy sex going on for decades involving children.

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    • 25
      Miliband and Camoron says:

      Newark, 2010:
      1st Conservative, 27,590 votes, 53.9%
      2nd Labour, 11,438 votes, 22.3%
      3rd Liberal Democrat, 10,246 votes, 20.0%
      4th UKIP, 1,954 votes, 3.8 %

      Newark 2014:
      1st Conservative, 17,431 votes, 45.0%
      2nd UKIP, 10,028 votes, 25.9%
      3rd Labour, 6,842 votes, 17.7%
      4th Independent, 1,891 votes, 4.9%

      Nothing for us to worry about! Tra-la la la laaa!

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        • 42
          A consequence of calling the Conservative Party membership "swivel eyed loons" says:

          Dimmy Dave won’t be PM after May 2015.

          Get over it.

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  12. 21
    The Chuckle Brothers says:

    Oh the joys of a 16th century Parliament in action.

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    • 26
      Birmingham City Council dept of Education says:

      To Hell with 16th Century and its modernity! The 7th Century is where it’s all at! Inshallah!

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  13. 23
    Sara Firth says:

    I am looking forward to working with all at Order Order.

    Emily Nomates eat your heart out.

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  14. 27
    Common Purpose says:

    Common Purpose (political Freemasons bent on privatisation) have taken all senior positions in my City.

    The count stands at 407.

    Who has undertaken ‘common purpose training in your Council?
    Why not everybody?

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    • 30
      Jules says:

      In my area, councillors, magistrates, senior police officers, senior council officers, university hierarchy are all.

      The avenue into privatisation seems to be by Government subsidies, grants or awards by the £millions to remove public control from Labour traditionalists.

      It’s sweeping through London via big charities.

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  15. 28

    I dont like *pale* males *innocent face*

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  16. 34
    Vote LibLabCon for unlimited immigration says:

    “there’s lots of evidence that righties took part in child snuff films”

    Actual footage of Thatcher eating babies?

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    • 39
      Oh deary me says:

      “Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher knew about an alleged paedophile ring .. according to the Sunday Mirror.”

      The Sunday Mirror? That’s the exact point where the accusation falls apart. Right there. “Sunday Mirror.”

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      • 44
        Jack Ketch says:

        If Mrs Thatcher could reach the age of 46 without knowing what the term s0d0my actually meant (Denis explained after she had voted for the 1966 Bill), it is possible that she was unaware of the term PDO-etc. and its exact meaning. She was singularly obtuse on matters sexual.

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  17. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Personally a competent commonwealth candidate is OK with me and her gender is neither here nor there – or rather, it is but doesn’t matter.

    I just hope that if she is appointed she does not do the government’s bidding the way the Governor of the BoE seems to do – keeps interest rates low while another asset bubble develops; thanks, Goldman.

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  18. 40
    Roma Bert. says:

    British jobs for British workers!! Silly little man.

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  19. 41
    Free the Max one + Rolfaroo says:

    Its hot lurid days like this we must remember people in prison, our thoughts are with you Max and Rolf

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  20. 46
    Anonymous says:

    “an old Etonian”
    Faint praise indeed. If one challenges the ideology of conditioning our young to think as a, devised by the fallible, system dictates. As opposed to simply thinking about everything. For the former functions entirely counter to the laws of reality. In that whatever is incapable of evolving, intellectually as well as physically, is doomed to inevitable extinction.

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  21. 47

    Natzler seems like a perfect Lord Varys to the speaker’s Tyrion then

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    A small Tralfamadorian grey says:

    Dedicated to that slimebag Cameron – interpret this, Dave :

    
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    Anonymous says:

    About time they modernised the commons. A person with commonwealth parliamentary experience and a record of change would be just the thing for our decaying system. Bring on the Aussie, I say.

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