July 31st, 2014

Tory Secretary of State Ups Ante in Bercow Pass Row
++ Grayling: “Passes Should Not Be Given Out Lightly” ++
++ Justice Secretary Says Right That Speaker Faces Questions ++

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has weighed into the row over why John Bercow gave a parliamentary pass to a woman funding his re-election campaign. Responding to a question from Guido at his press conference this morning, Grayling warned:

“It’s certainly the case that passes to the House of Commons should not be given out lightly. They can only be given out to people who have a proper reason to be there. Any Member of Parliament, and obviously the Speaker of the House of Commons is a Member of Parliament like the rest of us, who has issued a pass to a third party, must have a good reason for doing so. And if they don’t have a good reason for doing so they will undoubtedly face questions from a great number of people as to why that is the case.”

Bercow has until tomorrow to reply to Rob Wilson’s letter, but this looks to Guido like it is heading for the Standards Commissioner…


113 Comments

  1. 1
    Tachybaptus says:

    He doesn’t have much of a grip on those tenners.

  2. 2
    Constantly bemused. says:

    Yes – imagine just handing out access to parliament willy-nilly without proper cause and checks. You could end up a right Andy Coulson.

  3. 3
    West Country Tory says:

    Impeach Bercow now!

  4. 4
    Just an Idea says:

    The public should have better access to parliament…

  5. 5
    Mr Squeaker says:

    I shall have to put my built up foot down, to put a stop to this chit chat.

  6. 6
    It's all gone tits up says:

    The squeaker in my dog’s chew toy has more gravitas than Bercow.

  7. 7
    Fiscal Ineptitude says:

    When have you ever seen a politician with a good grip on money, apart from when they are busy stealing it of course?

  8. 8
    Anjem Choudry says:

    Well I have a pass so what’s the problem?

  9. 9
    Jack the Ripper says:

    Get a Speaker in from Poland. They work much harder, you know.

  10. 10
    Hitler had the right idea says:

    He looks like the person who would sniff the knickers of a friends wife should he find them lying about in a taxi

  11. 11
    Hitler had the right idea says:

    “type of”

  12. 12
    Cinna says:

    Only if they can afford it.

  13. 13
    Cinna says:

    And for less money.

  14. 14
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    Well that is laying it on the line isn’t it.

    I do not think however they are quaking in their wrecked cells in Nottingham reading that.

  15. 15
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Monaco Telecom are incompetent cretins. Three days trying to get the cable tv on.
    Been down to the office in Fontville and there is a queue of 20 people all just waiting to pay a bill

    It’s ruining my recess.

  16. 16
    A typical MP says:

    I prefer sucking a sarsaparilla tablet through the dirty crotch rather than just sniffing.

  17. 17
    Paniagua says:

    You could always auction yourself in a game of tennis.

  18. 18
    The only good MP is a dead MP says:

    +1 Parliament should be opened up to the public. I’d open it up by putting 100 tonnes of TNT inside and detonating it – with the MPs in attendance, of course.

  19. 19
    She should know as she fits into all 3 categories. says:

  20. 20
    Son of Stanislav says:

    Hey! You don’t stereotype Poland worker. Is not good. Is bogus
    Poland worker good at job. But not joke figure. He do speaking job very fast and fit shower unit same time. Very good.

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

  22. 22
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I have a little man that plays tennis for me.
    Could I auction him?

  23. 23
    raddiy says:

    Does anybody know if the withdrawal of passes to MEP’s in 2009 by Bercow has been overturned. Supposedly to keep the BNP out of Westminster, which surprise, surprise also had the added bonus of keeping out UKIP and Nigel Farage.

    If it is still in place, what is the reason now the BNP have lost their seats. ?

    Perhaps if it is a matter of money, Mr Bercow might advise us what the going rate is for a pass. I am sure we Kippers would be happy to have a whip round to get passes for our 25 MEP’s. Just think Mr Bercow, in one swoop you could have enough money to pay off the next out of court settlement that Sally has to pay.

  24. 24

    I wish I had never given that fellow Fawkes a Commons pass.

  25. 25
    Killing is fun! Let's kill thousands more!! says:

  26. 26

    How can he see anything?

  27. 27
    Sunny Jim says:

    The Squeaker and his wife have diminished the Office of Speaker of the House so much, they make Gorbals Mick look like a paragon of dignity and culture…

  28. 28
    Hamas says:

    The more the better, as far as we’re concerned.

  29. 29
    Spartacus says:

    The last company I worked for, to get a door pass for someone who did not work for us, required a complted, and reviewed by security, detailed justification form to say why and for how long and so on.

    One would think the same written justification applied to MPs.

    But having seen their performance on things like expenses (- no big deal I’ll give the money back now I have been caught out) probably not.
    Hence not surprised.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Bercow has succeded in draging the position of Speaker to the lowest point. What a disgrace of a man.

  31. 31
    Sue Denim says:

    Would a Chinaman’s be black?

  32. 32
    Sally says:

    Sounds an improvement on my little Johnny.

  33. 33

    Has Dave done anything about the £160k which they were reported to have received from the wife of a K’remlin official yet ?

    The B’ercow story is important, but the C’onservative party itself appears to be not completely on the square.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  34. 34
    Spartacus says:

    with all the barricading around HoP these days, nobody outside would be hurt in such an overdue event

  35. 35
    Camera says:

    In essence , parliament is just a J D wetherspoons with a couple chat rooms .

  36. 36
    Taxfodder says:

    Another day another banana skin for the chimps at the Parliament tea party, whitewash on order, smoke mirrors and hot air at the ready….

    You can bet your best boots its part of a general wider abuse, look for startled scrambling in the ranks, and the “now tightened up and lessons learned” cobblers trotted out in due course by the Standards committee.

    Seedy goings on, hubris, pride and lies, the usual suspects performing perfectly so as to hide the truth that our Parliament is leaking truth and honor like a broken bucket.

  37. 37
    Sue Denim says:

    John moonlighting?

  38. 38
    Killing is fun! Let's kill thousands more!! says:

    Targeting schools and hospitals is so lulzy! Long live Is*ael and its founders who massacred many Brits in the ’40s!

  39. 39
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Can someone put together a petition which when complete is sent to Berkshire Conservative Constituency Party to have the slug and his lecherous wife deselected.

  40. 40
    _JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    OK, so another personally driven focus on a Westminster individual. In Bercow’s case I think GF has wider support as this man and his wife are an embarrassment and perhaps the personification of the grasping culture amongst the political class.

    But, as GF has made many supportive comments related to Israel – and pre-Gaza trouble – for balance there could be some reference to the schools and the market being bombed which are major stories.

    If GF chooses to use this site to project positive sentiment towards Israel, then he should be brave enough to mention the current, widespread negative comments about Israeli behaviour.

    Don’t have a problem with GF displaying a personal bias – which is easily spotted – but he should also provide content balance for his readership.

  41. 41
    Tory Bear says:

    Gaza conflict: Israel calls up 16,000 more reservists as US supplies army with ammunition

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11002096/Gaza-conflict-Israel-calls-up-16000-more-reservists-as-US-supplies-army-with-ammunition.html

    Israeli call-up comes in face of intense international pressure to curtail operations in Gaza, where more than 100 Palestinians died on Wednesday – but US agrees to provide Israel with new ammunition supplies

  42. 42
    Gordon Brown, not being satirical this time says:

    Bigot

  43. 43
    JH4236323453276 says:

    One day the boot will be on the other foot.

  44. 44
    Fishy says:

    Apparently the Izzies were trying to buy a surplus Lancaster bomber after the war, the plan being to fly it to Blighty and bomb London.

  45. 45
    Ooh ! What a giveaway ! says:

    Gatwick reports having a shortage of baggage handlers.

  46. 46
    _JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    Yes, just confirms how Israel regards worldwide public opinion.

    Would Israel be so aggressive and dismissive if it didn’t have the US standing behind it ?

    Any reasonable, civilised person would be ashamed to be called a ‘Friend of Israel’.

  47. 47
    Dimmy Dave's Bumsex Army (formerly "The Conservatives") says:

    Are you suggesting we’re a bit bent?

  48. 48
    Bibi says:

    I always laugh when people say America should use its influence over Is*ael. Don’t those idiots know that we control America, not the other way round? We own their foreign policy. Not even Obama dares stand up to us.

    Anyway, I’d like to thank those of you in Britain who continue to defend all our attacks on civilian populations. We’ve successfully dehumanised all the dirty terrorist Palis to the extent that we and our supporters openly rejoice at the deaths of terrorist babies and terrorist children.

  49. 49
    who put the ham in hamas says:

    berkowitz is polish

  50. 50

    Hopefully he gets the chop

  51. 51
    Isreal is killing Muzzbots and I'm supposed to be outraged? I'm laughing, cheering and rejoicing! says:

    Would Isreal be so ‘aggressive’ if Hamas weren’t firing rockets at it all day every day?

  52. 52

    Meanwhile, in Syria and Iraq, hundreds are killed every day, year after year, without much affecting the quivering, sensitive consciences in the West. But, of course, they are killed by the wrong people, so it doesn’t really count.

  53. 53
    _JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    And with all the high-tech weaponry they have from the US, they still manage to bomb a market ?!

    And just how many innocent Israeli children have been killed thus far ?

  54. 54
    Ruth Smeeth PPC Labour says:

    I’m not.

  55. 55
    Solution says:

    A booster seat perhaps ?

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:
  57. 57
    Solution says:

    Totally screwed in 9 months time

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

  59. 59

    A dogs back leg would serve as a better straight edge.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  60. 60
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Scroungers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

    I’m surprised there isn’t a black market for them, or maybe there is?

  61. 61

    R’ussia has already indicated that they intend to escalate a trade war in response to sanctions by banning imports of certain agricultural products from P’oland tomorrow.

    However, today they have indicated that they intend to target the B’altic State’s:

    Excuses for ban of P’oland’s products as given the other day: Too high a concentration of pesticides.

    Anyone familiar with the EU’s particularly breed of directive insanity (particularly when it comes to regulating agricultural) will recognize just how incredible that is.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  62. 62
    Holly says:

    Just a thought..
    When is someone/anyone going to ‘suspend’ this pass until proven to be legit, or not?
    Instead of all the griping, insinuations, and wasting taxpayers money on letters.

  63. 63
    visibly shaken says:

    piss off this aint the bbc

  64. 64
    Survivor (bloodied but unbowed) says:

    Entirely agree but the constituency is Buckingham.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    My God a face you would never tire of hitting……

  66. 66
    _JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    An indication of the influence of the Israeli lobby ?

    Just had a scan of the UK newspapers’ front pages.

    What should be the top story ?

    The horrific bombing of a UN school, or a market place ?
    Plenty of dramatic/shocking photos to choose from.

    No.

    The vast majority have a main front page splash/photo of Eastbourne pier on fire.

    Just one national has a Gaza reference, with the headline;

    “The World Stands Disgraced”

    The majority of the UK MSM doing their best to look the other way ?

  67. 67
    Cynic says:

    No pictures of the Israeli children you kidnapped and murdered then?

    Isn’t it shameful that you used these poor children as human shields?

    If Gaza is so poor why did you spend so much on guns and rockets and mortars not food and development? Why are you firing rockets from beside places where these poor families are sheltering? That is a war crime

    Why are Arab states not up in arms in your support? Could it be because they see you as grasping opportunists dependent on aid and who cannot afford a resolution of the conflict as you might have to work to make your community pay its own way without donations?

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    He shames the post of Speaker….

  69. 69
    Cynic says:

    Because we dont swallow your warmongering propaganda

    Stop firing on Israelis and they will stop firing on you

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

  71. 71
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Nobody ever does anything about anything any more, things just get referred to a committee occasionally,very useful things committees as having a Standards Committee that does not have any standards, deflated football, long grass and kick.

  72. 72
    Baboon's arse says:

    Perhaps a periscope?

  73. 73
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    “All are equal” ? I’m not 5ft 4″

  74. 74
    Guy News Room says:

    Mehdi Hasan and his co-conspiritors are “determined” to destroy militant tunnels from Gaza “with or without a ceasefire”, Owen Jones says.

  75. 75
    Sue Denim says:

    This is what happens when Guido deletes a post.

    You get an orphaned reply to that post which now seems to belong to nothing and makes no sense taken out of its context.

    It would be better to delete the whole thread.

  76. 76
    Baboon's arse says:

    It doesn’t matter. Send it to Berkshire — it’ll have just the same effect.

  77. 77

    You are in the wrong place, Bill. I have a flat for sale in Cannes. Palm Beach actually – the nice end. You can just see the sea, if you have a chair that is sufficiently tall enough to stand on top (don’t know if they make them ten metres high, but never mind.)

    You don’t need TV there as all the stars walk around in the street. Get into the right parties and you can make your own movies, if you know what I mean.

    Could do a special price for you of €0.5m. Has Parking sou sol and cave à vin. Cash brown envelopes etc. preferred. Got a good Notaire who will sort it out how you want.

    Vote UKIP :-D
    and FrIP :-D

  78. 78
    Sue Denim says:

    This (73) was a reply to 29 which was a reply to something else.

    I give up.

  79. 79
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Notsobigot.

  80. 80

    Perhaps Mr Speaker feels he is above such rules and regulations. The truth is no longer iinvisible and has the habit of coming into the public domain.

  81. 81
    Fishy says:

    Err that’s the English wife of a former Russian banker who was sacked 10 years ago by Putin for criticising his leadership. He is lucky to be alive.

    You seem to have repeated word for work what Underpants Bryant said a few weeks back….perhaps you are Underpants Bryant (the man who has a track record of being wrong on everything, having had an IQ bypass)?

  82. 82
    Gamed Out Eid Milligram says:

    He’s so bad with his judgthment. Makes me look like a thwinner, Michael that is……

  83. 83
    Maqboul the fool says:

    Dennis MacShane says: Will I do?

  84. 84

    Should be clear by now that even if P’utin sacks you, one is never free of the ‘family’.

    B’ryant was speaking for party political reasons.

    This is becoming much more obviously a matter of national security now.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  85. 85
    _JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    “Because we don’t swallow your warmongering propaganda.”

    So, being cynical, that could be interpretated as;

    “we” = Friends of Israel

    “your” = the worldwide general public, [except Israel & USA].

  86. 86
    visibly shaken says:

    I feel the same for the people of Gazza as i do for the family of the drug dealer rodney who was shot by police

  87. 87
    Jesus says:

    When you’ve seen one dead Arab child you’ve seen them all. You want to know why there are no pics of dead Israelis? Because Isreal gives a shit about it’s own and when it fails to protect it’s own it doesn’t feel the need to boast about it on twitter.

  88. 88
    RWG says:

    Polish boys do my drive, blud good job is!

  89. 89
    geordieboy says:

    That is his payment for partaking in dwarf tossing, only I don’t know which dwarf he tossed.

  90. 90
    Jesus says:

    Aside from the murdered teenagers I don’t think any Israeli children have been killed and hopefully it will stay that way for a very long time.

  91. 91
    geordieboy says:

    That was Guy Fawke’s job and he fucked that up.

  92. 92
    Erkel says:

    I hear you’re stacked.

    or you wear stacked heels.

    I can’t recall

  93. 93
    geordieboy says:

    Yes and who is supplying Hamas?

  94. 94
    geordieboy says:

    What is that got to do with Russia churning out 10,000 tractors a day.

  95. 95
    John Bellingham says:

    Romanian, actually and they spelled it Bercowic.

  96. 96
    Jack Ketch says:

    There was an MP from Buckingham,
    Who’s wife was always………..

    Damn! Writer’s block.

  97. 97
    Clerk of the House says:

    “Will no one rid me of this turbulent pest?”

  98. 98
    Millions of Mr & Mrs Joe Public are all Voting UKIP ...... says:

    Perhaps after the Standards Committee have investigated this

    jumped up ego demented twerp along with the fish wife, he

    will be deemed unsuitable for any public office !!!

    Which will please all of the Buckingham Voters who are

    increasing agitated at the antics of these two whilst occupying

    one of the great offices of state & the people deserve much better

    than this type of low life infesting the palace of Westminster.

    UKIP I understand are keeping a watching eye on these ongoing

    developments in his constituency……..

  99. 99

    Depends if those tractors have got all terrain track instead of wheels, and a 125mm gun attached to help with muck spreading.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  100. 100
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Fuck off would you. You’re being particularly dull.

  101. 101
    Anthony Fumblefuttuck MASc ( failed ) says:

    good job Vince didn’t go to the highland games

  102. 102
  103. 103
    Anthony Fumblefuttuck MASc ( failed ) says:

    what is the excuse this time ?
    when W-S-M pier burnt down somebody apparently left a chip pan on.

  104. 104
    The Growler says:

    Well Dave Boy can ensure the problems associated with HoC passes is sorted out, he has a total of about 6 working months before the GE, press, lobbyists, it’s something that all decent MPs of all parties would agree to, the actuality is that Dave will do nothing.

  105. 105
    The Growler says:

    Fawkes was just the night watchman one of the expendables, he was probably having a kip on the jobbie

  106. 106
    Green Growsers' apo's trophy says:

    Impear him too!

  107. 107
    Nigel F says:

    Romanian! Who let him in?

  108. 108
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Monaco has always been the pits.

    Monte Carlo is the place to be.

  109. 109
    JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    Israelis are blaming a stray Hamas rocket, allegedly…

  110. 110
    Denise Pennis says:

    Well done Guido. Bercow is fudded. Now get Sally into rehab!

  111. 111
    cured lefty says:

    that last paragraph sums it all up

  112. 112
    Roll up for another round of victimhood bingo says:

    Ah, playing the old ethnic-disabled-female card.

    House!

  113. 113
    Zzz says:

    Didn’t see you posting when it was the last two Labour MPs who were filling the same role.

    izzit coz u is a twat?


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