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.




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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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