August 27th, 2014

Bercow Blinks

In the middle of the August recess, Bercow quietly slipped the name of his preferred choice of Common’s Clerk to No 10 for them to send to the Palace. As the BBC reported on 19 August:

“Speaker John Bercow’s choice to take over as Parliament’s most senior official is almost certain to get the job…

…a spokesman for House of Commons leader William Hague said it would be “pretty extraordinary” if Downing Street were to reject the panel’s chosen candidate.

A source close to Mr Bercow called the recruitment process, which included two interviews, “fair and transparent”.”

After sitting on it for 9 days, Downing Street have now made clear they are not happy. Bercow has woken up to the crisis, despite still standing by his choice for Clerk late last week. A source tells the Times Red Box:

“He realises there are big problems here and he does not want to do something to which the House is opposed. As far as we know he wants to be re-elected as Speaker in 2015. And neither would John want to embarrass the Queen.”

Bercow is now signalling he would be happy to look again at splitting the role – something opposed by Tory backbenchers, but the current Clerk has fired a missile at that idea too. Again the BBC:

“Sir Robert Rogers – the most senior official in the House of Commons – says a suggestion his role could be split to create two posts of equal seniority is the ‘wrong answer’. Adding ‘the buck must stop somewhere, and it needs to stop with the official who is responsible to the House, not to a Chief Executive responsible to the Speaker and the House of Commons Commission’.”

Bercow has blinked, but this will rumble on yet. Either way, is it not about time the ‘listening speaker’ consulted those  he was elected to serve – the MPs.


83 Comments

  1. 1
    Antineocon says:

    How about a vote of no confidence in the speaker?

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  2. 2
    Winston says:

    Toast.
    Ditch him

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  3. 3
    bergen says:

    At a time of “austerity”, the last thing we need is an expensive and needless additional public post .

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  4. 4
    Clown (Ex Swivel-Eyed Loon) says:

    Could it be true that Spineless is even worse than McMental? At least McMental provided us with some entertainment, gruesome as it was.

    As for Rotherham, Spineless is one of the problems, the English don’t matter and the ethnic cleansing and abuse will continue.

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    • 9
      Vote LibLabCon, get Sharia. says:

      Apparently it’s not ‘abuse’, it’s ‘enrichment’.

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    • 11
      Tom Catesby says:

      The scandal and outrage of Rotherham only serves to further demonstrate the
      tragedy of this country. I feel only sadness and total disgust.

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      • 25
        The Lone Ranger says:

        Get the country back to half-way decent values – vote UKIP next year. UKIP may be nutters, but by Christ they can’t be any worse than what we have now.

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        • 42
          A Salmond says:

          How about we charter all the passenger liners we can and give our enrichment bothers the option of they and their scum families board them to a middle east destination of their choice or become fair game after a suitable deadline has expired.
          Sounds like a solution to me.

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        • 68

          UKIP are nutters , what is nutty about wanting to be in charge of your own country, your own taxation, your own criminal law ,your own immigration laws and your own trade agreements ?

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    • 74

      HARRI ( SEVEN SHADES OF PIE ) SAYS

      i think it is right that the allegations of abuse over these past 14 years were treated with due curcumspection by all the civic and crimefighting stakeholders owing to the possible perception that their active pursuit would appear to be stoking unwarranted ethnic bias .

      I also think it is right that the Leader of Rotherham Council resigned leaving the remaining phalanx of local justice and civic jobsworths I mean dignitaries to continue in receipt if their appetizing remunerations and their eventual
      inflation- linked top hat public pensions.

      ( and to pre – empt your next question ; yes — I am thinking seriously about surgery to have both eyes looking in opposite directions simultaneously and permanently )

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  5. 6
    Mitch says:

    David Steel on R4 now bigging himself up. Unfortunately, there mght not be time to discuss C**** S****.

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    • 15
      Rob Roy says:

      If ever a man deserved to drown in a bath of piss it is Steel. Useless, windbag, self-opinionated, arrogant,

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      • 24
        Mitch says:

        We are being reminded of how all the great triumphs of the last 40 years wouldn’t have happened without “wee David”.

        The man has no shame whatsoever. He knew *everything* about Smith and did nothing.

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      • 75

        …. yeah , but don t firget to include Lord ” Kneel” Pillock in that bathtub ….

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  6. 8
    Shooty* says:

    Slight change of subject, and I almost dare not bring it up for fear of jinxing it, but has anyone else noticed that the press approach to our Peaceful Chums has undergone a slight change in the last week or so?

    They’re actually saying bad things about Isis, and the Beeb (despite massiveback peddling and blame throwing in the name of balance) dared to state that rotherham abuse may possibly, in the right light, maybe, have been linked to people of a Pakistani background.

    Obviously, they didn’t link it to any particular religion, and, when reporting the problem of overcrowding schools, are ignoring the question of the source of all these new children, but it’s a start.

    Long may it continue and grow.

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  7. 12
    The British media are cunts says:

    BBC Radio 5 are spinning the story now it’s “why do people turn a blind eye to child abuse”

    Typical BBC, refusing to address the real issue of Islam.

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    • 17
      Sir Jimmy Savile, made in Britain by the BBC says:

      They always turned a blind eye to me.

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      • 46
        Acmed the Abuser says:

        Islam the religion of pedo.

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        • 59
          Mrs Pope says:

          Presumably you’re a Catholic?

          ALL religions institutionalise and cover up abuse by the powerful. It’s what they were invented for. Keeps the plebs controlling themselves. No need to pay so many thugs to keep them in order.

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    • 65
      Gordon Brown, Prime Minister says:

      Why did I turn a blind eye to child abuse?

      Phew. For once I have a valid excuse.

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  8. 14
    Jim says:

    Trust in Parliament and the people who work there is reaching a critical point in my opinion.

    If the Scotland Votes to go, then so does this Parliament.

    No waiting for 2015.

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  9. 18
    nell says:

    Let’s hope mp’s take note of the odious sp e aker’s high handed actions and do not re-elect him in 2015. With luck he won’t get re-elected in his constituency in 2015 and then that really will finish off the career of this sp e ak er who is quite as bad as martin was.

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  10. 19
    Centre Parting says:

    At least Eamon Holmes had a really good go at the Barnardos bloke and showed genuine anger when he would not answer questions.

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  11. 22
    One N, Two Bs, Two Ts says:

    Husbands who tell their wives they’re fat may be guilty of domestic abuse, says Labour shadow minister.

    I cast a big shadow.

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    • 26
      The Truth says:

      Many wives are indeed fat??

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      • 44
        Vlad the Loudhailer says:

        What about our Enriching Friends who wrap their women in black bags. Would it abuse to say “your bag looks bigger than my bag”

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    • 28
      Self preservation says:

      That shadow minister wouldn’t be Diane Fatabottomus, would it?

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    • 31
      The Lone Ranger says:

      Jesu, you couldn’t make it up. Thousands of children are gang raped; hundreds of thousands of pounds are appropriated by MPs; the BBC lock up hundreds of people for not paying the TV tax; criminals flood the country, etc., etc. and this is all HM Loyal Opposition can do? Vote UKIP

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    • 34
      The Lone Ranger says:

      esu, you couldn’t make it up. Thousands of children are gang rped; hundreds of thousands of pounds are appropriated by MPs; the BBC lock up hundreds of people for not paying the TV tax; criminals flood the country, etc., etc. and this is all HM Loyal Opposition can do? Vote UKIP

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      • 43
        A Labour Party spokesmong says:

        Of course. All the problems you list (plus some you didn’t, such as the NHS killing thousands of patients, and state schools teaching children that white women are whores) are all our fault.

        Better to change the subject to ‘fat wife insult crisis’.

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      • 66
        The Critic says:

        No need to make it up. apparently, retirement and changing jobs = immunity from investigation according to Rotheram council. Followed swiftly by ‘lack of evidence’, then nothing to see here/time to draw a line under this/we must move on/very sorry.

        Typical pathetic response from the political classes and I include the police in this.

        So it’s ok for incompetent people who would rather be PC than do the job properly to carry on failing/ruining lives is it? Apparently it is.

        And the recently resigned leader was an OBE awarded for ‘services to local government FFS!

        In the few years we have seen people imprisoned in Oxford/Rochdale and Peterborough. Where else is this going on? Baroness Warsi said ‘it is a small minority of Pakistani men’ But quite a lot of victims.

        And no-one beyone the leader of Rotheram Council has resigned or been invetsigated over this. A scandal,the conditions for which were created by the political classes.

        Where’s Miliband today? Surely he wants to jump on this bandwagon? Thought not -how would he explain the apologists and the misogyny and double standards practised by his own party on a local level.

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    • 37
      Just wondering says:

      “Husbands who tell their wives …” Should it not be “A husband who tells his wife …” , or are they addressing the moolimbs?

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    • 45

      “Darling, obesity is a serious health problem. I should not like you to risk heart disease, diabetes and back problems, with an adverse impact on your life expectancy. May I respectfully suggest that you leave half of that chocolate cake for tomorrow?”

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    • 77

      TRUE STORY

      A man in Italy convicted of some crime or other and sentenced to several months house arrest ……

      Last week after three months of being housebound , getting under his wife s feet leading to increasingly violent/ferocious arguments he enters a supplication to the Court to “commute” his sentence to full imprisonment to protect him from the increasingly violent actions of wifey.

      Judge is taking matter “under advisement “

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  12. 33
    The Growler says:

    The little tinker was just trying to modernise the HoC but why not get rid of the useless things that will never be used anymore, say that room where the “honourable” members are supposed to hand their swords before entering the House. They could in view of the last few years have a room for prize fighting, you know the sort of thing the winner one knock out, rounds determined when a fighter gets knocked down, it could go on for hours, when they have finished a nice cold bath, then thrown in the slammer.

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    • 50
      The British media are cunts says:

      How about closing the bars? They are there to work. I can’t think on any other workplace that has a bar it in.

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    • 79

      ” New Queensberry Rules” would need to dictate each contestant imbibes five pints of favourite tipple befirehand to ensure anaesthetic durability and undiminished staying power .

      (pints of whisky , rum, brandy , vodka permitted but line drawn at absynthe for which only half pint glasses permissible )

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  13. 38

    How about an unsatisfactory and expensive fudge?

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    • 47
      The voice Dave hears in his empty head says:

      Can’t we have an extremely unsatisfactory, extremely expensive unworkable fudge? Please!?

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      • 80

        SAMMY THE MAMMY SAYS

        As you ve had a strenuous day little soldier you can have a Flake as a special treat but no Fudge as it s bad for your teeth .

        And don t forget to brush tbem befire beddie byes!

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  14. 40
    Good News says:

    Gazza reaches indefinite ceasefire with gin.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 51
      The Truth says:

      Alas, not true..

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    • 81

      JAMES BOLAM SAYS

      Canny bonny lad canny .

      I shalt have the fishee in the little dishee

      And thou Paul shall have the demi jeanne of Newcastle Brown Ale.

      When the B O O O A A T cones in !!

      Awaa’ the Lads Fog on the Tyne and all that.

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  15. 48
    The British media are cunts says:

    Amusing to see the media whinging about inaction from Rotherham Council and a lack of resignations.

    Remind me media of how you lot covered up Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and of course the big fat one from ooop norf.

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  16. 54
    Silence of the Politicians says:

    Of course we could not possibly comment pending an inquiry.

    But you’ve just had one.

    Quick, set up another..er..er..I know..a national inquiry to report 2017.

    Back to the sandPIE..ha..ha…ha…ha!

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    • 83

      Child rape images on the chairman of Labour friends of Israel & Freemason James Purnell’s computer.
      Convicted paedophile Labour Councillor Paul Diggett, political researcher to Labour’s James Purnell

      who allowed the Paul Diggett to download images of children being raped. Paul Diggett was not only a Labour man but worked as a School governor, the favourite job for PIE affiliates.

      Questions arose to why anybody would allow another person to use their computer, let alone to download Child Pornography on it. It is unsure how long the images had been getting downloaded but the questions the deliberate incompetant police never asked was why Paul Diggert did not delete the images, knowing that his Labour comrade would easily be able to see them.

      Freemason and Labour friend of Israel James Purnell was questioned about the Child rape images but was never to be charged although the images had been left on his computer. Paul Diggett carried the can for Purnell when both men should have been charged with possesion of child pornogrophy.

      James Purnell is now the BBC’s director of Strategy.
      Follow us on twitter – Labour25 twitter

      labour25 | August 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Tags: BBC, BBC’s director

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  17. 57

    Not all pak’istanis are moos lim so………there.

    Aka…fack off eenglleesh.

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  18. 58

    We are not responsible for the teaching and the example of the Great One.

    What do you expect us to have done, follow your worthless culture?

    Why you even sell your churches to us.

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  19. 62
    Anonymous says:

    “fair and transparent”.
    Much like any ‘democratic system’? Where the majority will of the people on any specific policy, is supressed by a dishonest divide-and-misrule party system imposition? Vote for me, and handover your democratic mandate?
    Meanwhile: RBS branch of bankstering fined the equivalent of a half-day’s petty cash budget, for organized crime activities. Police and Councils exposed as institutionally corrupt, in regard to child-sex abuse. But is this really a true measure, of what fatally ails the Big Society? Or should we be busy devising a new law, under which to charge Julian and his ilk? Something along the lines of ‘not whistleblowing loud enough’, to get past Dave La-La-La-ing with fingers in his ears.

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  20. 69

    What is puzzling is why Guido hasn’t identified the six members of Bercow’s appointment panel.

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  21. 70
    Brenda says:

    “is it not about time the ‘listening speaker’ consulted those he was elected to serve – the MPs.”

    What about serving us? Or the taxpayers who pay his wages?

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