August 8th, 2014

Questions Mount Over Speaker’s Choice for Commons Clerk

“Bercow appears to have won his battle  for an outsider to run the Commons,” the Guardian’s political editor tweets.

No, no. The battle is very far from won.

Questions around the selection of Australian Carol Mills as Clerk of the House are multiplying.

Did John Bercow fly to the e-democracy conference in South Korea this May to meet her? Is it proper for the chair of the selection panel to meet candidates privately?  Did he give her information that would help her in the interview process?

Were there other irregularities in the interview process?

Was the fact that Carol Mills is the subject of an Australian parliamentary inquiry (for covert surveillance of staff and parliamentarians) disclosed to the selection panel?

Why was Margaret Hodge put on the panel? What is her relationship with the senior clerk David Natzler? Was she chosen because she was not favourably disposed towards him owing to a prior dispute?

Where is the letter nominating Carol Mills? It went to Downing Street a week ago. Has it gone to the Queen?

Sir Robert’s resignation takes effect at the end of this month. What happens if the nomination is not confirmed before the Commons returns at the beginning of September, will Natzler, as the highest-ranking clerk fill the role?

Who will be sitting in the Clerk’s chair when the Commons reconvenes?

It’s not a done deal yet.

PS: Will Carol Mills get a work visa? There are other able women who are British citizens who are better qualified for the job. Will she get the visa in time? Has the visa application been conducted properly, without undue influence from the Speaker’s office?


  1. 1
    Silly Sally B13COW says:

    Fancy a shag ?

  2. 2
    Winston says:

    Who cares? Next.

  3. 3
    Bog Paper says:

    Ms Mills is a witch and this is a *unt

  4. 4

    He is a fucking crook.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  5. 5
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Took me 5 months to get a visa to work in Oz. For a 6 month fucking contract !

  6. 6
    Norm Normal says:

    The odious man would require stilts to touch a snakes belly!

  7. 7
    concrete pump says:

    I’ll just fetch my plank.

  8. 8
    dai versely says:

    carol caplin, tulisa – there’s no shortage of local talent

  9. 9
    George"The Human Shield" Galloway says:

    IDF is beginning aerial response now as the rocket attacks have not ceased. God bless the IDF, fly straight and true.

  10. 10
    geordieboy says:

    The poison dwarf drinks cyanide.

  11. 11
    morrie from brooklyn says:

    so you made one month’s profit

    i should be so lucky!

  12. 12
    Gordon Brown says:

    British jobs for British workers.

  13. 13
    Why are Yeo and Miller still MPs says:

    Bercow is a complete c**t, but he is right that the job spec for the Clerk should be cut into separate roles, the first focussed on the legislative procedures in the Chamber and the second role focussed on managing the parliamentary estate (ie IT, repairs, etc).
    It is very unlikely that some-one who is outstanding at the first procedural role will have any interest / talent in running the building.
    Given that Parliament’s building stock is about to be totally modernised/renovated, one would assume that we would be better served by hiring some-one expert in supervising this, rather than hoping that the parliamentary guru will find the time to check that we were not being ripped of by the building contractors. The costs of these renovations have been mooted as circa £1Bn (insane) but whatever it costs will not be small beer

  14. 14
    twinkle says:

    Somebody getting a work visa for the UK because they are known by a UK parliamentarian. How unlikely is that? Tee Hee
    They’ll never be any better will they? Moral morons forever!

  15. 15
    Neitherdeadnoralive says:

    Why a foreigner ? Don’t we have anyone British that can do the job ?

  16. 16
    Australian Soccer XI says:

    remember to tie a rope round your ankle to the bedpost

  17. 17

    Typical for a British government to bring in a foreign person to do the job.

  18. 18
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    No more boom and bust.

  19. 19

    THIS is more like it! The old Guido is back with a vengeance! Far more of the Sam Vimes and much less of the Mayonnaise Quirk of recent times. Well Done.

  20. 20

    She’s Australian. Nothing wrong with keeping it in the Commonwealth per se. but in this case it looks like the Squeaker’s picked a bit of a bludger.

  21. 21
    Berko Witch says:

    A-hunting we shall go!

  22. 22
    RomaBert... says:

    We care….. the Squeaker is a tainted tw*t.

  23. 23
    By the Eck says:

    The people of Scotland pronounce it bum and boost.

  24. 24
    Man in a White Suit. says:

    You are obviously Winston Smith of the Guardian.
    Bug off.

  25. 25
    Just Asking. says:

    Many do not get a visa for Australia – my eminently qualified American military academic took 3 months.
    Why is Bercow doing this?
    It certainly seems more like spite, the huge chip on his very narrow shoulders and a power grab.
    Finally why is he seemingly getting away with it?

  26. 26

    Why are they so keen to employ one Australian while at the same time doing their best to deport another .
    Catherine Tate is married to a British citizen,is several months pregnant and is the mother of two other children both born in the UK ,yet this vile government has appealed against a decision not to deport her.
    It would seem that Mrs Tate is an easy target ,being of British extraction , and a married wife and mother.
    Who does she think she is a Somalian immigrant or a Romanian gypsy?

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Who gave the fatuous quote to the Mail that Mills was ‘a proper chief executive who likes hard rock and modern art, not playing the church organ in Herefordshire?’ Was it Hodge? Or was it made up?

  28. 28
    Just Saying. says:

    Appoint a respected and professional architect and a good enquiring bean counter.
    Problem solved.
    I did employ an architect abroad in Poland and he more than 10x paid for his part time salary. In the UK I employed a partner in a construction consultancy in Birmingham and he saved me his full fees in the first month of a 3 month service.
    The most obvious solutions are not used due to vested interests as I am sure it is with the odious Bercow.

  29. 29
    Just Saying. says:

    Lets hope he keeps it up.
    The Bercow scalp is a much prized trophy and would really make Guido’s name.

  30. 30
    BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says says:

    Don’t worry we will get on the job once we know she is eminently suitable for the role, and then put her glorified profile in a dedicated 15 minute BBC programme.
    You can trust us, ha ha ha

  31. 31
    Observer says:

    Or Sally’s

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    We do. But the selection criteria were fudged to downplay the requirement (used in the selection of previous clerks) for exhaustive knowledge of Parliamentary procedure.

  33. 33
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Time our parliamentarians got together and turfed this midget out of his chair permanently. He and his wife have brought great dishonour to his Office. It is time for some sanity and dignity to return to the HoC – and his choosing of this dodgy Australian woman merely compounds the insults to the British public.

  34. 34
    Max says:

    Just another reason to get rid of these useless self serving lot at the next election. Vote ukip

  35. 35
    Millions of Mr & Mrs Joe Public are all Voting for UKIP says:

    + Millions !!!!!

  36. 36
    Bonar Law says:

    It should be “chairman of the selection panel”, not “chair of the selection panel”.

  37. 37

    is she by any chance a good reverse spin bowler ?

    If yes how fast could we arrange the gender reassignment op and get her Brit citizenship so she can bolster that dross of our cricket team before the Winter tests ?

  38. 38

    ….and of course there s always RudeRolf the red-pricked puppeteer.

    ( he could do it by video link for prison wages !)

  39. 39

    I m a good enquiring bean counter !!

    No stone gets left unturned with me in charge ( unless if course
    you d like it to ….)

    £ 5, 000 per hour plus VAT.

  40. 40

    Well I mean ” clerking ” — for 190 k a year ??

    No self respecting English jobseeker would touch it.

  41. 41


    Arise Sir Guido Fawkes!

    ( and no — this sword is not for cutting off your head — purely for drawing and quartering after hanging )

  42. 42

    Probably Willy Hague .

    He likes hard rock ( no not THAT hard rock !!) — especially Meatloaf on at full volume in his earphones .

    Has much more time for that now ….

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    “Questions Mount Over Speaker’s Choice for Commons Clerk”
    Given that all parties are in full possession of the facts pertaining to a policy. Yet often arrive at contradictory final assessments and concomitant courses of proposed action. When is someone going to ask why, and for how much longer, such a glaring anomaly is going to be tolerated?

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