August 21st, 2014

Forgetful Bercow Trashes Former Clerk

Steve Richards has become the preferred conduit for the Speaker’s spin in the ‘Canberra caterer’ row. Having taken copy, Richard’s regurgitated it for the Guardian:

“In small ways he has attempted to move the buildings closer to the real world. There is even a creche now. Each move is met with resistance. One of the forces of conservatism was the outgoing chief clerk, Sir Robert Rogers, who had worked in the house since 1972. Rogers had an admirable commitment to the Commons in an era when it was more fashionable to view the place with casual contempt, but he resisted most of Bercow’s innovations. To give a small example, when Bercow asked for some of the younger clerks to perform the senior role of sitting in front of him in the Commons, Rogers suggested that such an elevation would be appropriate in another 10 or 15 years. Bercow did not want to wait 15 years.”

The Speaker, and thus Richards, conveniently forget though that almost everything praiseworthy Bercow has done – greater use of Urgent Questions, an increase in Standing Order 24 emergency debates and indeed splitting the role of clerk and chief executive – were all proposed by Mister Whiskers himself. For Bercow to be trashing the reputation of his erstwhile mentor shows just how dirty the cornered Speaker is willing to play.


  1. 1
    Viperous Old Vince says:


    • 4
      nell. says:

      Are these labour folks so unable to articulate their own sentences now that all they can do is to become an echo of their colleagues?


      • 10

        It is obviously a coincidence that both of them omitted the question mark.


        • 14
          Chinaman in a shop says:

          Or a coincidence that both got to be MPs solely because they are wimmin.


          • Alte Hasbara Kacker says:

            …something about how terribly dreadful Muslims are and how “we” british should support the poor Israelis and the lovely IDF humanitarians in the “re”-posession of “their” “holy” land God promised them (really).


          • Jesus says:

            Three senior HAMAS commanders killed today. Winning.


          • HasbaraSpotter says:

            “Killing” doesn’t equate to “winning”, Shlomo.
            Sooner rather than later later enough people will twig what a bunch of vile racist supremacists you ZioLoons really are. Then you’ll have to do more than just bolt back to the Ukraine.



            No we certainly will not go back to that nasty dictatorship in Kiev.

            We ll just move our own parochial one back to Stamford Hill.


      • 41
        I Duncan Shite says:

        I was that proud “echo” of new labour, cabinet and TB!air as it put the false case of invading IRAQ.

        Will Chilcott finger me?


      • 83

        Yes exactly Mme Nell.
        I cannot fathom if BaconBerger is agreeing with Del ” Pierrot” or being sarcastic !!


    • 7
      Zero watch says:

      It would be damning except those two have zero credibility.


    • 8
      A* at Inglish says:

      Unfortunately, words do not fail you Lucy.


    • 11
      Lard Rennard, Lib Dem Outreach Officer says:

      I like to get a grip of matters


    • 18
      Chinaman in a shop says:

      I recognise both these dopey bints from some cringeworthy TV interviews. I think one of them got nailed by both retardEd Miliband and Chuckus Urmoney? And one of them was posing topless for naughty pics as a 15 year old? But which is which?

      It’s a good thing we don’t have esteemed academics, soldiers and successful businessmen as MPs any more like in the dreadful past but we’re truly diverse now. I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots at the prospect of dealing with these heavyweights.


      • 36
        Austin Mitchell says:

        they would dispatch HMS Pinafore, HMS Loomband and HMS Timotei to nag Putin into submission.


    • 20
      Anonymous says:

      V.O.V. – your posting has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject of Robert Rogers and the Speaker. If you so urgently need to voice your opinion on something else, then please find an appropriate place. Kindly in future, please confine your remarks to the subject of the comment piece. Thank you.


      • 25
        Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:


      • 33
        PAYE peon says:

        Gentlemen do not send xcritical messages anonymously.

        Besides, if we only comment on subjects posted by Fatty, we are obliged to keep to Massa Murdoch’s agenda.


        • 78
          Anonymous says:

          Ipso facto, PAYE peon, you are not a gentleman. However if your name really is PAYE peon, then my apologies (and sympathy).


      • 64
        Anonymous says:

        Re Anon @ 12:01 pm. Your posting serves to highlight the unending stream of irrelevent responses to the subject matter under discussion.This occurs time after time on this site & I am drawn to conclude my time could be better spent if I deleted GF from my bookmarks.
        This action is now implemented.


    • 28
      Everything that Brcow is NOT says:

      I suppose where “Old whiskers” comes unstuck is that he is conscientious, loyal, patriotic, cares about democracy and parliamentary process and is incorruptible.


    • 65
      Jack Ketch says:

      The message, Ladies, is that if you want to get on in politics, don’t join a party riddled with p@does and willy whoofters with the odd fat old perv in positions of power. Which means at present that the only way is UKIP.


    • 72
      The Critic says:

      The cut and paste party in full swing I see.


  2. 2
    Silly Sally B13COW says:

    Little Johnny doesn’t play dirty.

    Which is why I have to find my own sources.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 12

      The role of Speaker has become a microcosm of the changed role of government and parliament.

      All these positions were held, at least ostensibly, for the good of the people. Any pretence has been dropped. Now it is solely for the good of the holder of the office. Bercow fits that bill precisely.

      Yet another reason to:
      Vote UKIP :-D


  3. 3
    Sarah Millington says:

    Bercow is the very embodiment of the modern Conservative Party – completely bereft of principles & drowning in self interest.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. 6
  5. 13
    PAYE peon says:

    How much does the Westminster creche cost us?

    How many other workplaces have creches?

    There are plenty of baby-minding services available


    • 21
      Interweb memory machine says:

      Don’t forget the gym and the subsidised bars and restaurants.


      • 80
        Westminster needs exorcising, not exercising says:

        Why do these buggers’ babies need a gym with subsidised bars ?


    • 23
      Nero says:

      Shouldn’t cost much at all. Chuck the smelly little urchins into a ball pool, occasionally spray with dettol…job done.


    • 62
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Ah yes, there are plenty of baby minding services available. But the poor impoverished MP’s might have to stump up out of their own pockets.

      Can’t have that, now, can we.


  6. 16
    Border Terrier says:

    Steve Richards – labour lackey, bit dim, dissembles always. Bit of a tosser.


  7. 17
    Dickless Dave says:

    I hear the BBC creche is well liked.


  8. 19
    Dick says:

    BEWARE of those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.


  9. 22
    Anonymous says:

    16-year-old boy held on suspicion of murdering teenage father who was stabbed on London street* | Mail Online

    19 year old Charlie Burns was chased down a street in Hackney yesterday afternoon by a gang of around five men who repeatedly stabbed him.

    A witness who asked not to be named, said: ‘ I was upstairs in the bedroom getting changed when I heard lots of shouting and screaming.

    ‘I looked out of the window and I saw five or six black lads running down Darnley Road, screaming ‘I’m going to kill you’.


  10. 31
    Bercow the airy fairy Lefty says:

    Fuck Bercow and his Kaleidoscope.


  11. 34
    Cynic says:

    All this serves the Commons right for electing the twat


    • 50
      Cpl Hicks says:

      Actually his appointment was entirely due to the Labour Party playing pathetic games. Another part of their grand plan to destroy this country.


      • 61
        PAYE peon says:

        And because he was implicated in dodgy expenses and so could be trusted not to rock the boat.


  12. 35
    Jezza says:

    Any thoughts on this, Diane?


  13. 37
    Bercow is already a failed politician says Enoch says:

    Nelson Mandela died in his bed


  14. 40
    Owen Jones says:

    I am our generation’s Orville!


  15. 47
    Dave the Dhimmi Dummy says:

    I am totally chillaxed about Muslim infiltration of British life.


  16. 49
    a rainbow, diverse dog's dinner. says:

    Sad to say it but Parliament is now run by gay men controlled by bolshie women.

    The country is a mess and governed by a mess


    • 56
      anon says:

      …..”Governed”???????….they have lost the way,but refuse to go back to English,british ways and do the right thing!…they must realise all that has gone wrong in our society,but, the eu,islam,troughers,non jobs and so on,will be ignored!
      …We need radical action now!


  17. 53
    C.Bass (Kernow) says:

    Oom you be pointin at, spoonfaced C*NT


  18. 54

    What a horrible excuse for a man


  19. 55

    I cant believe I used to screw that horrible man


  20. 57
    proscribe Islam says:

    I can’t really see how getting pages to sit in front of speaker helps democracy.
    I have often considered when I see politicians wearing expensive clothing and items of jewelery, which lend to the wearer some importance, that those things are paid for from public funds. I think a good innovation would be if the HoC members wore plain, hessian sack clothing symbolic of their role as servants to the populace or even no clothing at all.


  21. 59
    proscribe Islam says:

    I can’t really see how getting pages to sit in front of speaker helps democracy.
    I have often considered when I see politicians wearing expensive clothing and items of j£welery (idiot modbot), which lend to the wearer some importance, that those things are paid for from public funds. I think a good innovation would be if the HoC members wore plain, hessian sack clothing symbolic of their role as servants to the populace or even no clothing at all.


  22. 71
    Brown Eye PI says:

    I’ve just found the Tsar or is it King George V? I can never tell the difference.


  23. 73
    Big D says:

    They really do have to get shot of the yawping dwarf ( northern expression )


  24. 74
    Manon_des_Source says:

    I tend to agree with another post elsewhere that made the point that politics today has become like the church, advancement to the top only occurs if you stay close to the ‘secretariat’, i.e. you don’t become a bishop by being a good parish priest, instead the ambitious stay close to the powerful and are ‘annointed’. Medicis or political ‘royal’ families seem to have similar methodology. Not sure what role the squeaker sees for himself.


  25. 76
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle says:

    Bercow is a good man. .


  26. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Bercow is odious.

    Interesting spin “There is even a creche now”: for those who have forgotten who the main beneficiary of the creche is:


  27. 85
    Anonymous says:

    The worst speaker in living memory…..


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