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:

  2. 2
    Silly Sally B13COW says:

    Little Johnny doesn’t play dirty.

    Which is why I have to find my own sources.

  3. 3
    Sarah Millington says:

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

  4. 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?

  5. 5
    Not In My Name says:

    Just one small problem with that Sarah.

    Can you guess what it might be?

  6. 6
  7. 7
    Zero watch says:

    It would be damning except those two have zero credibility.

  8. 8
    A* at Inglish says:

    Unfortunately, words do not fail you Lucy.

  9. 9
    Whiffler says:

    Oh for Sir Robert to stand against the poison dwarf next year

  10. 10

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

  11. 11
    Lard Rennard, Lib Dem Outreach Officer says:

    I like to get a grip of matters

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 14
    Chinaman in a shop says:

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

  15. 15
    Ed says:

    Shurely Mammaries!

  16. 16
    Border Terrier says:

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

  17. 17
    Dickless Dave says:

    I hear the BBC creche is well liked.

  18. 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.

  19. 19
    Dick says:

    BEWARE of those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

  20. 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.

  21. 21
    Interweb memory machine says:

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

  22. 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’.

  23. 23
    Nero says:

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

  24. 24
    rick says:

    Our laws are made mostly by the unelected in Europe. Parliament is now irrelevant.
    UKIP is the only answer.

  25. 25
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Sally for Chief Clerk?

  27. 27
    Vote Ukip, get a Lab/LibDem coalition, the most pro-EU combo of all says:


  28. 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.

  29. 29
    Former Poly Lecturer says:

    Normally a wag would respond to your comment with something about not being daft. Has he finally come to his senses and joined UKIP?

  30. 30
    Nero says:

    Your avatar freaks me out dude.

  31. 31
    Bercow the airy fairy Lefty says:

    Fuck Bercow and his Kaleidoscope.

  32. 32
    Nero says:

    It’s called the newsroom.

  33. 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.

  34. 34
    Cynic says:

    All this serves the Commons right for electing the twat

  35. 35
    Jezza says:

    Any thoughts on this, Diane?

  36. 36
    Austin Mitchell says:

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

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

    Nelson Mandela died in his bed

  38. 38
    president Junkers 87 says:

    Not the only answer. You could just cut out the middlemen and abolish your troughers.

  39. 39
    Diane Fatbott says:


  40. 40
    Owen Jones says:

    I am our generation’s Orville!

  41. 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?

  42. 42
    Sally up for it and more says:

    Sex Court

  43. 43
    Owen Jones says:

    Tony Blair is innocent! It was IDS that declared war!

    {this is true only as long as you are a Labour liar, in denial, lefty, twat}

  44. 44
    Don Foster LD whip says:

    pubic hair

  45. 45
    Suffering staff of DWP says:

    Duncan Shite does not know what he is declaring

  46. 46
    Cpl Hicks says:

    I think they may have Ebola in bongo bongo land and fear poor old bloomers has succumbed.

  47. 47
    Dave the Dhimmi Dummy says:

    I am totally chillaxed about Muslim infiltration of British life.

  48. 48
    Detective Dick says:

    Its a lie Sally Bercow claiming John Bercow has sex with her. From the known needs to have of intercourse and observation of penis size the court must declare John Bercow is “too” small for such an act.

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 51
    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).

  52. 52
    And just to prove it says:

  53. 53
    C.Bass (Kernow) says:

    Oom you be pointin at, spoonfaced C*NT

  54. 54

    What a horrible excuse for a man

  55. 55

    I cant believe I used to screw that horrible man

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 58
    The two Muppets says:

    He was chief bag carrier for that pillar of society Mohammed Al Fayed
    of Harrods fame .

  59. 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.

  60. 60
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    It’s not only the Conservatives – they’re all greedy.

  61. 61
    PAYE peon says:

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

  62. 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.

  63. 63
    Jesus says:

    Three senior HAMAS commanders killed today. Winning.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 66
    Cinna says:


  67. 67
    Cinna says:

    (Not) missing you already!

  68. 68
    Cinna says:

    Indeed so. And we don’t want any more like that in the HoC.

  69. 69
    Cinna says:

    Has K’eith H’arris got his hand up your a’rse?

  70. 70
    Cinna says:

    And like the Burghers of Calais appeared in public with a noose about their necks.

  71. 71
    Brown Eye PI says:

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

  72. 72
    The Critic says:

    The cut and paste party in full swing I see.

  73. 73
    Big D says:

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

  74. 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.

  75. 75
    Cinna says:

    You omitted the police service.

  76. 76
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle says:

    Bercow is a good man. .

  77. 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:

  78. 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).

  79. 79
    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.

  80. 80
    Westminster needs exorcising, not exercising says:

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

  81. 81
    The Reverend Flowers says:

    and is now pushing up the daisies.

  82. 82
    Tom Curson says:

    Bercow only reads tabloids, otherwise he’d not be visible over the pages.

  83. 83

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

  84. 84


    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.

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    The worst speaker in living memory…..

  86. 86

    This is a reversal of the norm, the race of the victim is being withheld rather than that of the perpetrators ,could it be that the victim is white ?

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