August 4th, 2014

Speaker Slips Into Paranoia

John Bercow has responded to increased scrutiny by briefing against his imaginary enemies to the Observer. An “ally” – in all liklihood himself or his spokesman – says he is being targeted because he is a “reforming Speaker, and some people don’t like that”, while “sources close to him” say asking for a simple explanation constitutes a “rightwing hatchet job”. He doth protest too much…

This has nothing to do with Bercow’s “reforms”, it is a simple question of why he lets a businesswoman funding his re-election campaign use parliament as a playground. The claim that his critics are all “rightwing” is patently untrue, you can read about the story in the Mirror and Tory MP Rob Wilson, who has been keeping the pressure on, is hardly a standard bearer for the right.

Bercow’s grubby mitts are all over the Telegraph today as well:

“Parliamentary passes grant the holders the right to mingle freely with ministers and MPs in Commons corridors and cafeterias, making them highly sought-after by ex-politicians who now work as lobbyists. It is understood that Mrs Sassoon’s pass does not grant her such privileges, and she can only access the wing of Palace of Westminster occupied by the Bercows.”

Officially, that may well be the case, but Sassoon has been spotted talking to ministers and MPs on the terrace on countless occasions. As Guido reported last week, she even pretended at one point to be a Labour adviser whist talking to one Tory MP and claimed to have a business relationship with Speaker’s wife to another.

What it really comes down to is that the Speaker is meant to be setting an example. The first commoner is meant to embody the rules, not wriggle above them. The example he appears happy to be setting at the moment is one where anyone can loiter around the Commons pretending to be a Labour adviser if they are your wife’s chum and they write you a cheque. So much for a ‘reforming Speaker’…


170 Comments

  1. 1
    All the world says:

    Dwarf

    Liked by 1 person

  2. 2
    All the world says:

    Midget

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 3
    All the world says:

    No, I don’t like dwarfs or midgets

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  4. 4
    Peter Purvert says:

    It’s Monday it’s 11.35 It’s Crackerjack

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  5. 5
    concrete pump says:

    Hateful homunculus.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. 6
    Lizzie says:

    He is ‘reforming’ the office of Speaker. In the past the Speaker was supposed to be honest, unbiased and a person of integrity.

    He’s ‘reformed’ all that …

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    • 32
      Plender says:

      He’s a c_nt.

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    • 39
      Odds favour ? says:

      Bercow’s appointment of the Australian is done and dusted.

      Her appointment looks certain, If only because Cameron will be desperate to appease the likes of Guido who keep shrieking about his “woman problem”.

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      • 123
        Fred the pensioner says:

        Time MPs from all sides got together to eject this pitiful specimenfrom public office. Preferably before the next general election.

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  7. 7
    Mycroft says:

    I think O-O has let a personal vendetta (because it does look from here as precisely a vendetta) overtake their collective judgement.

    Vendettas are great, but only if they have a valiant target, Bercow is not a valiant target by any means.

    Just an opinion, it just is becoming a childish spat now.

    Before any eejit asks, don’t know the Berc’s… on either side.

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    • 13
      Cpl Hicks says:

      Why don’t you think he’s a valid target? You can’t be the upholder if parliamentary standards and be seen to be bending those standards for your own self gain.

      The squeaky speaker has to be squeaky clean. My opinion is that any hint of double standards should be rigorously and fully investigated.

      I do hope that he’s finally brought down by something linked to his wife. I wouldn’t be sad if they were both seen to be booted out in disgrace. Their behaviour has been dreadful considering the privileged position they enjoy.

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      • 18
        Mycroft says:

        In what way has he gained?

        I am unaware of any such gain, a brief outline I’ll take it from there to go check.

        Enlighten me.

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        • 30
          Cpl Hicks says:

          A gain in the form of a donation from Sassoon for his reelection campaign.

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          • Mycroft says:

            OK, so in the past the ‘rule’ was the speaker was unopposed in subsequent elections, that was discarded, possibly by people like yourself who wanted it.

            Fair enough, but you can’t have that unless you accept that he must be allowed to support his campaign, so any comparison with past speakers behaviour is nullified by that very fact alone.

            If you had wanted the Speakers supreme isolation then you, perhaps, should not have asked for what you got… a free-for-all.

            If the rules change, the game changes too.

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          • Ma­­qb­oul says:

            He’s selling parliamentary passes at £5K a punt. Guido is supposed to ignore that in case he is accused of being vindictive?

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          • Mycroft says:

            See above…

            In addition this vendetta has been going on from well before the Sassoon event…

            There must be lots and lots of damning things he’s done… perhaps.

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      • 21
        concrete pump says:

        “I do hope that he’s finally brought down by something linked to his wife”.

        Aids..?

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    • 24
      The Great Reformer says:

      What about the fact that a FOI request for little Johnny Bercow’s passholders appears to have failed to throw up Farah Sassoon? What about the fact that Sally Barcow signed the application for Sassoon’s pass?

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    • 25
      THE CROSS HAIRS says:

      Of course Bercow is a valiant target as he is so far up his own arse it is unbelievable.

      The narcissistic homunculus needs bringing down a peg or two. As do many others but there are only so many cross hairs available at any one time.

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      • 34
        Mycroft says:

        Lots and lots of huff-n-puff on this subject but nothing substantive so far…

        Give me reason.

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        • 35
          Cpl Hicks says:

          See my reply above.

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        • 40
          One word answer for the thicko says:

          HUBRIS

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        • 115
          Mycroft says:

          So… if that were the reason then why has this vendetta been going on for so long on here prior to this ‘cash for access’ idea you now seem to think exists.

          I have had a look around and the strictures on the Speaker are such that he can’t do what other MPs can do to raise funds, the strictures were there as part of the package of ‘no contest’ agreement.

          The contesting of the Speakers seat is now likely/possible but the restrictions remain.

          The reasoning behind the ‘no contest’ agreement was that the Speaker was likely to be unpopular, displeasing all parties, this has proved to be the case with this chap, it happens.

          By breaking the agreement the principle behind was ignored, this was dumb.

          Remember the Banking stupidity? That was a result of tiny changes that changed things for what at the time was seen as a good thing, we couldn’t see the reasons for the various corsets and strictures on practices built up over time.

          This is a similar (but far less disastrous) discarding of the good reasons for them being in place.

          The very people who support this daft vendetta are doing more harm to the (good) idea of an independent Speaker.

          In my opinion the voices raised in this wrong-headed vendetta are f’cking up my democracy and the checks and balances of it’s built up over centuries.

          Please convince me that I’m wrong in my opinion as I like picking on pollies as much as anyone, as generally I loathe the vast majority of them and demand the right to be as excoriating as everyone else… witch hanging is fun, but only if I’m in the right.

          Give me reason.

          This cash for access matter… Sassoon, friend of SB, good time girls the pair of them I suppose, gets to go to see her friend and then gives these friends £5k to help them stay in place and gains a bit of access to boot by gaining invites elsewhere in the house… not really much wrong with that. Low level opportunism at worst… in a House filled with real troughers this is a pointless and valueless distraction.

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          • Cpl Hicks says:

            All very valid points and very well presented. My difference of opinion is mostly over how I view the severity of the Sassoon issue.

            Personally I find the pair of them hideous and the sooner they’re gone the better. I’m with Guido on this but enjoy the debate.

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          • Mycroft says:

            It is good to have opposing, strongly held, views and voice them clearly and I mean no denigration of O-O who is my host here, biting the hand that feeds is dumb in the extreme, but this blog has the opportunity to tilt at real ogres and spectres, I can’t help thinking that this chap Bercow is nothing more than a quixotic target.

            But that is as it is, it won’t change.

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    • 147

      Whst s O-O ??

      A goal less draw between Burqua and MillieMetre?

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  8. 8
    Cpl Hicks says:

    Keep going Guido. Bring this fcuker down.

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    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      But Bercow is a 4×2, it would be antisemitic if he did that!

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    • 149
      Anonymous says:

      “Bring this fcuker down”? Is this what passes for reasoned debate in these parts?

      For Mycroft is correct in saying that: “this blog has the opportunity to tilt at real ogres and spectres, I can’t help thinking that this chap Bercow is nothing more than a quixotic target.” Then again, why highlight the rotting core at the heart of this government, when you can deflect attention? For, in terms cheap insults and scoring party-points, is not Bercow the perfect target?

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  9. 12
    FOI Request says:

    How come the Tory party allowed such a left wing place-man as Bercow join in the first place?

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    • 17
      Jethro says:

      … because their stupidity is matched only by their supinity, their valuelessness by their vapidity – and, of course, because they’re now The ‘not-the-Tory Party’ Party.

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      • 29
        David Cameron says:

        My values are Bercows values.

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        • 68
          David Cameron tomorrow says:

          My values are Nick Cleggs values…………. Oh! Hang on

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          • When did they stop being Mother Teresa May s Nasty Party ?
            I liked them then . ….
            Perhaps they will become so again if “Tracey” takes over as Leaderene come Msy 17th.

            ( though visually I would much prefer the Blessed Penny . Much fresher meat for a young one like me )

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    • 45

      How come the “Conservatives” allowed a wobbly weasel like Cameron to drive away much of the party’s core support?

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      • 74
        Witty Monker says:

        I was part of the one third who didn’t want him. Still don’t. But the old dears were desperate to get someone who would win a general election. Even on that score, he failed.

        Oh well, as least five years of Balls and Ed/David/Whatever Miliband will remind the country what a f*ck up they always make.

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    • 166
      Anonymous says:

      Thank you for giving the game away, and undermining the claim that this is not a “rightwing hatchet job”. Talk about shooting oneself in the foot.

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  10. 14
    Paniagua says:

    As usual Bercow comes up short.

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  11. 15
    Infamy, infamy! says:

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    • 105
      Farmer Giles says:

      I’ve got just the ditch.

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      • 150

        ADGE CUTLER AND THE WORZELS SAY

        We gotta brand nooo combine ‘arvester , we’ll give ‘im the key .
        (if he feels like doin ‘ a bit if ‘orny ‘anded honest toil come next June when he ‘s at a loose end . Free scrumpy thrown in — aaarrhh)

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    • 124
      Fred the pensioner says:

      Why do they have to leave it until after the election – why not now? Action this day (as the stickers on files coming across my desk to to say!)

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  12. 19
    Absolutely Right says:

    Nothing to do with Bercow reforms. It's about why he lets a woman funding his campaign use parliament as a playground http://t.co/b6YvUgcLgw— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) August 4, 2014

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  13. 20
    Will says:

    Ok I am going to be charitable here and say she was given a pass as a friend of the bercows and visits them regularly as she is a good friend. On the flip side he should have refused any donation from her as the speaker is impartial. She has abused the pass to go lobbying and further her own business interests. If the speaker wants to be above reproach he should withdraw the pass and give back the donation. Otherwise its all a donation for a hoc pass to further her business interests.

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    • 118
      yuk says:

      whilst bercow can be ‘quite entertaining’ .. the general diminution of the post he holds is directly a consequence of his appalling taste in women

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  14. 23
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Rt Hon Theresa May MP
    Home Secretary
    2 Marsham Street
    London
    SW1P 4DF

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  15. 26
    Enemy of the State says:

    You gotta pick a pocket or two

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    • 152

      ‘allo Mister Fagin nice to see you again . How s Oliver and Bill Sykes and the Dodger?

      Up for a bit of “Whitechapel ” are we ( or should that be
      ” Whitehall” these days )?

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  16. 33
    Tachybaptus says:

    It shows how low the Telegraph has sunk that it is letting him use it as a mouthpiece.

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    • 52
      The British media are cunts says:

      What do you expect from the British media? All lying thieving shits together. Do you think the press didn’t know about all the kiddie fiddlers at Westminster? Or the thieving of expenses?

      45 minutes from destruction? The press knew that was bollocks but said nothing.

      The press are simply the politicians strap on, used to fuck the country over.

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      • 81
        GetVeryReal says:

        It’s absolutely true that Israel is about 45 minutes away from Iraq by missile.
        Oh, You actually thought he meant GB!

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  17. 41

    The Speaker is not up to it.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  18. 44
    The British media are cunts says:

    Once again the British media sticking up for a lying corrupt politician.

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  19. 46
    Killing Pali kids is fun! says:

    Girl killed and 30 people injured by strike on Gaza refugee camp despite truce

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    • 54
      anon says:

      You would think those “refugees” would be pushing clothes or possessions around in those wheelbarrows not bloody rockets!

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    • 56
      Ceasefire is not a truce you mug says:

      ANYWAY, WHAT ABOUT THE SPEAKER RECEIVING FIVE GRAND FROM A JE­W???

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    • 73
      Do you have Adolf Hitler pyjamas? says:

      Go and stick your copy of Triumph of the Will in your DVD player fap yourself off, rightie. Again.

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    • 76
      Israel should do much better. says:

      Muslims only understand one thing. And then the ugly fuckers get to lose their cherry with loads of other ugly virgins.

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      • 84
        GetVeryReal says:

        Hello ZioNAZI! Killed any more schoolkids today?

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        • 130
          but to be realistic says:

          The numbers killed and injured are very low.

          Certainly nothing like what will inevitably happen once the liblabcon traitor regime collapses and the English set about reclaiming their own country.

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  20. 48
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    What about the general security implications with un-vetted and unfettered pass distribution done on the whim of MPs, seems nobody knows who is wandering along the corridors of Westminster…one of these days on their own heads be it.

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  21. 49
    Killing Pali kids is fun! says:

    Only Pali kids are taught to hate from a young age! Death to all Palis!

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    • 87
      GetVeryReal says:

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      • 154

        Well yes horrendous — but as ever we must ask are they real ( hopefully not ) or staged like the previous video clip of the man taking three “takes” to fall down on the street to time the arrival of the ambulance .

        Noteworthy that none of the crowd attempted to administer any tyoe of resuscitative first aid but just photographed them (?)

        Sorry but these questions have to be asked.

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  22. 51
    Sally Bercow says:

    Speaker Slips Into Paranoia.

    Do I know this lady? Is it retribution?

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  23. 57

    Bad Habit’s as portrayed in Lord of the S’pins.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 157

      I think Mourinho should be made Speaker .

      At least the level of laconic sarcasm would rise a good few notches.

      And Milliband would be constantly accused of purposefully diving in a vain attempt to to obtain penslties against Dave at PMQ S whilst in the Desoatch “box”

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  24. 58
    His Toryian says:

    All Fawkes tried to do was to blow the bloody lot up, in one go.

    Bercow and his like are subverting Parliament bit by bit, thus having more success than Fawkes

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  25. 65
    Can I have a pass too please says:

    How about investigating all those other pass holders Guido, you know, the ones who work for “Lobby” groups allied to corporations in the city who “donate” huge amounts to the Tory party.
    Oh, of course you won’t, because that would mean you wouldn’t get any more of those Westminster “tips”.

    Do as you are told boy!

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  26. 66

    R’ussia is shadowing B’ercow’s tactics:

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  27. 72
    bergen says:

    I don’t see the problem. He’s the best Speaker money can buy…

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  28. 83
    Which ones Ed? says:

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    • 86
      Who's side is he on? says:

      The man who supports the terrorist organisation Hamas?

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      • 163
        Anonymous says:

        And who’s side are you on but the war criminals? So you would not consider the IDF – an organisation that targets and kills school children – to be terrorist?

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    • 89
      Miliband's Polish slant says:

      Wasn’t the freedom thing WW2, for the Brits anyway?

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    • 92
      "An Owl for all" Pledges Millibonkers says:

      and then we got you….

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    • 112
      Fishy says:

      While the Pals were putting down their cricket bats and leaving their oak trees to go and fight on a foreign field…the Milibands, or whatever name they used those days, were sitting under a hammer and sickle in Eastern Europe traitorously plotting and fermenting trouble.

      Nothing changes

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      • 164
        Anonymous says:

        Ed was “sitting under a hammer and sickle in Eastern Europe traitorously plotting and fermenting trouble”. Just cannot believe that anyone in 2014 would dare repeat such hard-right rubbish. Who’s Line Was That if not some loony neo-con in Washington?

        Come on Uncle Sam, while this tactic might have gone go down well with the folks back home during the cold war – do not we Brits deserve a better standard of BS?

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    • 160

      well at least he got the number of the War right !
      Thankful l for small mercies .

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  29. 85
    Nigel Powers says:

    My lord! You’re a tripod. What you been feeding that thing, eh? It looks like a baby’s arm holding an apple. Good thing is, if you ever get tired, you can use it as a kickstand!

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  30. 93
    Chuka's Country says:

    Oirish Mum and Nigerian Dad…Which country would that be then?

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    • 95
      nell says:

      Presumably he sent that from his summer palace on the Med.

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      • 128
        Fred the pensioner says:

        The Oirish were neutral – and I don’t recall seeing many Nigerians in those old war films. Let’s face it, Chucky is just a fuckwit lefty bandwagon-jumper. Time he went back to one or the other and stayed there permanently.

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    • 99
      IslandiaGirl says:

      So that people like you can live here,,,,,

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      • 102
        Maimed Codger says:

        Would they have given their lives, if they had known what Britain would become.. I doubt it…

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        • 107
          non taxable pikey says:

          They would have shot any officers that stood in their way, marched to Westminster and flattened the bloody place and everyone in it.

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          • Fred the pensioner says:

            That’s what the Thai army (almost) did recently. Perhaps they can lend us a General for a week or two to show our wimps how it is done?

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    • 114
      Fishy says:

      ‘Our’ Country?

      I bet Chucky would have thought them all trashy wannabe’s had he been around at the time

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    • 161

      ” our country ” ?

      which country would that be Chuk ? –Kaduna State ?
      Don t you own that lock stock and two smoking barrels ?

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  31. 94
    nell says:

    It’s a great shame that the Sp e a kers Chair has been occupied first by michaelmartin who was utterly tainted by scandal and now bercow who is no better. Between the two of them they’ve brought the role into utter disrepute.

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  32. 96
    IslandiaGirl says:

    That’s it then, he is finished…

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  33. 100
    Kaiser Willhelm says:

    We won Englisher, it wasnt with panzers but paper shufflers who we laced in Belgium
    Never forget
    DEAUTSHLAND UBER ALLES

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  34. 106
    Kaiser Willhelm says:

    More bier and wurst englanders?

    This is how we celebrate WW1 soon to be part of the national curriculum

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  35. 109
    Siegfried says:

    It’s time to draw the line where Sassoon is concerned.

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  36. 113
    Third Rate Speaker With A Left Wing Bias says:

    He doth protest too much…

    He can take his corrupt practices and his drunk wife and jog on out of politics. Simples.

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  37. 117
    Kaiser Willhelm says:

    Warwick Davis for speaker!

    Then Bercow will be able to star in an Idiot abroad 4 with Karl Pilkington

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  38. 119
    Kaiser Willhelm says:

    Bercow ejected from a tory fundraiser

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  39. 127

    Horrible little dwarf, scared that everything is catching up with him

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  40. 129

    Thats why I cant stand fucking him *innocent face*

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  41. 133
    Sovietsalami63 says:

    Sovietsalami63 here ,
    The Financial crash of 2008 was fixed that way ,I know all the small details

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  42. 134
    Sovietsalami63 says:

    Sovietsalami63 Here,
    To the British Army and USAs CIA, There is NO PROSPECT OF THE WORLDS ECONOMY EVER GETTING BACK TO THE LABOUR PARTYS PROSPERITY UNDER TONY BLAIR AND GORDON BROWN ,ITS GONE FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER ,IT WII NOT RETURN .HAVE YOU TORY RRSES GOT THET !

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  43. 135

    A perfect whatsinitforme situation when I give you a cheque,ennit?

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  44. 151
    Rabid dribbler says:

    Bliar once said about Bercow that

    ‘His hallmark is to be both nasty and ineffectual in equal quantities.’

    About the only true thing he ever said.

    Alun Michael had a point about Bercow as well.

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  45. 156
    Anonymous says:

    Just because someone might suffer from paranoia, does not mean that the Tories are NOT out to get him.

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  46. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Never a better example of a Poisoned Dwarf,get rid of this ponce. !

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