August 27th, 2014

Gallery Guido: Disaster Strikes Retreating Speaker

The retreating Speaker is now offering to split Robert Rogers’ role (which he always wanted) but have the new administrative position answer to the Clerk (which he never wanted).

This is a disaster for John Bercow – to save his job he has significantly strengthened the Clerk and created an alternative power base backstage.

But this isn’t the end, or even the beginning of the end.

The current legal and procedural shambles is the end of the beginning.

Carol Mills will be doing half the job at twice the salary. At the moment she still has the grace and favour grandeur of 3 Parliament St.

This is clearly untenable.

The process needs to start again.

Without the need for procedural knowledge a multitude of candidates will present themselves for one of the most prestigious jobs in the public service.

Carol Mills’ employment lawyer is going to make a fortune.


101 Comments

  1. 1
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    One for the price of two. Start again!

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    • 4
      But is it the end? says:

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      • 8
        Max says:

        I wouldn’t wipe my arse on mcshane,s diary’s

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      • 13
        Denis says:

        Not much more mind. I only thought 13 years of sexual abuse of 1,400 children in my constituency, covered up by my labour council and chief of police, carried out by men of P@kistani origin worth one page.

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        • 23
          we don't believe lessons will be learned says:

          Dozens of powerful people in positions of responsibility had
          the means to stop this despicable abuse over 16 long years,but
          they all turned a blind eye and some covered it up.Three previous
          investigations,during McShane’s time as MP,were quietly shelved.

          Exactly who was behind the cover-up?

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          • Anonymous says:

            Unbelievable — the mindset of the left:

            Inspector Gadget @InspGadgetBlogs 8h
            @LouiseMensch not taking any lectures from a person whose Tory policies create misery, poverty & even death amoung vulnerable in society.

            That, given also the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital scandal and cover-up on Labour’s watch !

            Am no fan of Mensch, but she’s been solid on this scandal.

            Conservatives, including Sayeeda Warsi, do face questions though, since the Rotherham scandal dragged on into their watch.

            Warsi was, after all: Shadow Minister for Community Cohesian 2007-2010, then minister without portfolio before being made Minister of Faith and Communities 2012-2014.

            Was Britain’s most senior Muslim politician so out of touch with her own community that she missed any of this? Or, if aware of it, how strenuously did she pursue the matter?

            Commenting on Rochdale two years ago (while still minister without portfolio, yet nevertheless the first Muslim woman appointed to cabinet), she conceded that race played a part and that even religious leaders had been involved, but fobbed it off as “a Home Office issue”. (link to interview below).

            What did she do about it once she became Minister of Faith and Communications a few months later?

            http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/full-interview-with-baroness-warsi-father-asked-me-why-be-a-leader-if-you-dont-take-the-lead-7766362.html

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          • Morgan's Organ says:

            OH CAROL
            I AM BUT A FOOL
            MISS MILLs I WANT YOU
            THOUGH THEY TREAT ME CRUEL
            THEY HURT ME
            AND MAKE ME CRY
            BUT IF YOU LEAVE ME
            I WILL SURELY DIE

            (Apologies to Neal Sedaka)

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          • Anonymous says:

            Correction to note posted 10:19 above.

            Title in last paragraph (before the newspaper link) should obviously be Minister of Faith and Communities (not Communications).

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          • I ll say this for European judicial procedures.

            Although tortuous medieval and grindingly slow; if an official holding public office were charged AND CONVICTED of a crime under the relevant Constitution he/she would in the majority of cases be condemned to a CUSTODIAL sentence in addition to any civil/financial penalties no matter their rank .(Admittedly apart from Parliamentary Immunity applying or if they are rich enough they then appeal and re -appeal until Statute of Limitations kicks in but that is only for the very very rich )

            Here as their is NO Parliamentary Immunity it s all the ” long grass ” solution so as to circle the wagons on a ” there but for the grace of God ” ……basis

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        • 83
          Denis McShame says:

          My knowledge of what happened can be read on the following page.

          reader “Its a blank piece of paper”

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          • The two Muppets says:

            The whole Labour establishment is laying low on this scandal ,
            Normally people like Miliband and Balls-Cooper are jumping
            on the bandwagon and shouting their mouths off spouting
            absolute crap .Labour really are a disgusting Party .

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          • The rancid stench rising daily from this Rotherham ordure is culminating in a miasma of rottenness not experienced since Bazalgette resolved The Great Stink some 150 odd years ago.

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      • 18
        Cuckoo says:

        Bloke on radio just explaining each Muslim councillor brings 2000 labour votes hence avoidance of issue by local Labour Party

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        • 25
          Labour Party says:

          We just love rubbing your noses in diversity.

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        • 58
          jgm2 says:

          Yeah. They bring 2000 votes for Labour. Right until the Religion of Peedos figures out that they can have those 2000 votes and the politcal power and jobs-for-the-boys for themselves.

          As demonstrated by George Galloway and Latfur Wossisname.

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  2. 2
    The Basics says:

    How’s about employing a Brit for a start?

    Liked by 1 person

    • 7
      pookie snackumberger says:

      How about a vote of no confidence in the little man, after all he has been found not only wanting but trying to stich-up the British people.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, he’s been flushed out and is on the run now! He’s trying to fight a desperate rearguard action but everyone can see his trail of failure. Skewered by Carr!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 5
      Max says:

      Just get rid of him!

      Liked by 1 person

    • 10
      Contro Verse says:

      His shock and awe tactics have exploded in his face. Employ someone who knows nothing about the job, nothing about Britain, make it a woman, make it a lesbian, make it controversial, make It so controversial that anyone who attacks it is even more controversial and get William Hague to endorse this product.

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      • 42
        jgm2 says:

        That tactic is less likely to work now that it has been revealed that fear of being labelled a ‘racist’ enabled the Religion of Peedos to r*ape 1400 kids in the socialist paradise of Rotherham.

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        • 86
          WTF? says:

          I didn’t realise till watching Sky News this morning that the CEO of Barnardo’s was a Mr. Javed Khan. You couldn’t make this shit up!

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  4. 6
    H-Viaduct says:

    Does Parliament employ “diversity officers”?

    https://twitter.com/TurboHolborn/status/504532070946050048

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    • 14
      Labour are intrinsically evil says:

      “What we need to do is make sure this issue doesn’t divide Rotherham communities”.

      Weren’t they already divided into abusers and abused?

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      • 17
        M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

        That is precisely why they have got themselves into this horrendous mess: by trying to make sure the issue didn’t divide communities. They should have just done what was right and damn any indirect consequences.

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        • 22
          non taxable pikey says:

          The sooner we get back to One Law for All in this country the better.

          Is Shaun Wright still drawing his salary? If he is, why?

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        • 24
          nell says:

          Exactly no-one should be above the law and if you break it you should be prosecuted and sentenced. But also those leaders and officials of the police and council departments should now also be prosecuted for covering up, condoning and for failing to do their job and protect the children of Rotherham.

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          • don't you think says:

            It’s just too much of a coincidence that employees of
            all these different agencies turned a blind eye or
            helped in the cover-up for so many years.

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          • jgm2 says:

            No. It’s not coincidence. They were fucking terrified of saying anything for fear of being branded a ‘racist’ which, as we know, is the most terrible ‘crime’ in the PC book for which you’ll lose your job and your pension in a heartbeat.

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        • 34
          Horrified says:

          I wrote something in detail but was m’odded.

          Good crime figures and social cohesion give excellent prospects for police promotion.

          Good results can be achieved in two ways. Solving crime in the usual way or ignoring and suppressing crime and statistics.

          Which of those two options is the path of least resistance?

          If someone were to look properly they would find this a widespread problem. I certainly did in the area where I live.

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          • i'd like to know says:

            Exactly who in Rotherham council,social services and
            the police during this period were in Common Purpose?

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          • Common Purpose is an interesting angle, but Labour are the ones who are ultimately responsible for what has happened and are to be held to account.

            Cut the head from the snake, the body will die, and in this case children will be safer.

            Vote UKIP :-D

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      • 28

        You should see that as another Labour lie.

        It is just an excuse to cover up the fact that they were running policies and a system which essentially institutionalized the sexual abuse of children in their constituencies and criminalized any who objected to it.

        Vote UKIP :-D

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        • 68
          Knickerless Fairbairn says:

          They maybe should’ve reported it to a safe Tory MP like Leon Brittain?

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          • The report spanned 1997 through 2013.

            The coalition let this continue to run presumably to build a case for discrediting Labour in the 2015 run up.

            That implies that Lib and Con are equally complicit.

            Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 19
      Horrified says:

      Rotherham was not the only community in the North and the Midlands to have uncovered such abuse. There have also been arrests or prosecutions of groups of men in 11 towns and cities, including Oldham, Rochdale and Derby.

      Andrew Norfolk of the Times 2010
      “In the other cases, overwhelmingly, they were men of Pakistani origin and we need to understand why this has been happening,” said Mr Norfolk.

      I can answer Mr Norfolk’s question. Senior police officers are ignoring crime in their areas. If reports of drug problems and abuse problems surface it appears as if you aren’t doing your job correctly.
      The prospect of promotion is wihdrawn, promotion and career is all they care about.

      You can walk into any city in the UK and observe drug transactions and illegal brothels with young girls operating within a very short space of time, if you know where to look. The big question is, why can’t the police see it?

      After several uncomfortable questioning sessions with boys in blue, the answer was clear to me, they don’t want to look. It makes life difficult for senior police officers and their political bed-fellows.

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    • 20
      Vote UKIP says:

      Paul Lakin said those responsible should be brought to task, regardless of ethnicity or colour of their skin. EH? They are all P@kistani. WTF is Dave not on the ‘phone now sacking the fucking Hunt Lakin now? Never forget, this is the Council that went after a UKIP supporter who wanted to adopt a child.

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  6. 12
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    As Carol Mills has not actually been offered the job, I’m not sure that her “employment lawyer” will have a leg to stand on. I doubt that she has tendered her resignation on her existing position either, if she had any sense.

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  7. 15
    Anonymous says:

    “But this isn’t the end, or even the beginning of the end.”
    For a cull specifically designed to reduce the perceived downside of badger overpopulation, might work equally well with that plague undermining our houses (of parliament) politicians.

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  8. 21
    nell says:

    I wonder how much bercow’s stupidity and ego over this affair is going to cost us the taxpayer?

    First the Deputy Clerk who should have got the job because his qualifications were far and above anybody else’s interview for the post,is talking of going to the employment tribunal and will very likely win.

    Then there’s mills who should never have been offered the job because her pitiful qualifications and background make her totally unsuitable for it , has now presumably had a formal offer for the £200k pa post plus grace and favour accommodation and will happily sue when bercow’s forced to withdraw it.

    Then there’s the cost of starting the process all over again.

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    • 32
      Nigel Farage, a very odd fellow says:

      That’s a Tory for you, nelly.

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      • 39
        Silly Sally B13COW says:

        Johnny, a Tory ????

        I soon knocked that nonsense out of him.

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      • 65
        nell says:

        I don’t think you can call bercow a tory – he masquerades as a tory to get elected in his constituency – but that’s about as far as it goes – he is at heart a profligate labour wrecker.

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        • 73
          Vote Tory, get unlimited immigration, HS2, EU arrest warrant, sharia law & the snoopers' charter says:

          Hang on, are you talking about Bercow or Cameron?

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    • 35
      stand up and be counted says:

      Send the bill to Bercow.
      He’s behind the whole ridiculous shambles.

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    • 36
      Vlad the Loudhailer says:

      The little runt should pay.

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    • 71
      Michael Fabricate says:

      Who shortlisted for this post? Or was there just one very short shirtlifter shortlister?

      I’d like to give him a stiff wigging!

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  9. 38
    Nigel Farage, a very odd fellow says:

    On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval. They call it QMV, Qualified Majority Voting.

    Each member State will lose it right of Veto over these areas, so Cameron’s idea of negotiation to recover any areas goes out the window at the same time.

    The following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:

    Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Administrative co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Asylum – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
    Border controls – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Citizens’ initiative regulations – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Civil protection – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Committee of the Regions – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Common defence policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Crime prevention incentives – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Criminal judicial co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Criminal law – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Culture – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Diplomatic & Consular protection – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Economic & Social Committee – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
    Emergency international aid – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
    Energy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    EU budget – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Eurojust – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    European Central Bank – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    European Court of Justice – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Europol – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Eurozone external representation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Foreign Affairs High Representative election – Lisbon: QMV
    Freedom of movement for workers – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Freedom to establish a business – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon QMV
    Freedom, security, justice, co-operation & evaluation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Funding the Common Foreign & Security Policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    General economic interest services – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Humanitarian aid – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Immigration – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
    Intellectual property – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Organisation of the Council of the EU – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Police co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    President of the European Council election – Lisbon: QMV
    Response to natural disasters & terrorism – Lisbon: QMV
    Rules concerning the Armaments Agency – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Self-employment access rights – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Social Security Unanimity – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
    Space – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Sport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Structural & Cohension Funds – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Tourism – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Transport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
    Withdrawal of a member state – Lisbon: QMV

    A brief review of the Treaties confirms the Transitional arrangements which allow, only on specific votes, for the Nice Treaty Provisions to apply from 1st November 2014 until March 2017, hence I imagine PM David Cameron’s determination to delay our referendum beyond that date, tying Britain for ever within the non-democratic, totalitarian and now clearly despotic EU.

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    • 41
      David Cameron says:

      Chillaxing…

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      • 54
        Brutus says:

        Watch out! I’m right behind you. Just waiting for late May 2015.

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        • 77
          Teresa May-Knott says:

          That’s why you got the Caesarian haircut?

          But don’t worry your little Giddy brains about it, I have Natalie Rowe’s full diaries in my kitchen drawer. Bought for a single pair of kitten-heels. We women of the night must stick together.

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    • 43
      BBC News and Propaganda Unit says:

      We won’t bother reporting this.
      We love the EU.
      Now shut up and hand over your telly tax.

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      • 52
        Little Alex Salmond, an English boy made fun of me when I was a kid says:

        You won’t hear me mentioning it in my ‘Independence’ literature either. We want to be indepndent of England and told what to do by the French and Germans instead.

        Vote ‘Yes’ if you’re as thick a c*unt as to fall for that one.

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    • 47
      Nigel Farage, a very odd fellow says:

      For your reference, if anyone interested in the Treaty Articles behind this change, here is the legal bit.

      http://grahnlaw.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/eu-qualified-majority-voting-qmv.html

      h/t Goodnight Vienna – P@ul

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    • 51
      RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

      We welcome all these advancements in our assimilation into Bundesrepublik Europa. My weak and ineffective brother signed the Lisbon Treaty with my hero, Gordon Brown.

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    • 76
      Anonymous says:

      Ha ha

      That list (at the bottom, given items are noted alphabetically) includes:

      Withdrawal of a member state

      So much for Cameron’s pretence that he will be able to negotiate a better deal.

      How come anybody still believes his renegotiation/referendum deceit?

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  10. 50
    Joe & Josephine Public says:

    How far has Dave got with renegotiating? Absolutely nowhere.

    Get the traitorous bastard out in May 2015.

    We want out of the fucking European United States NOW!

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    • 60
      C.O.Jones says:

      True, Dave has achieved nothing. He talks a lot though.

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      • 74
        WoRaft Chihuahua says:

        Nothing? Cameron has made Labour electable again when we all thought that Brown had doomed it for at least a generation. He put the Liberal Democrats in to No 10 when nobody thought that would ever happen, not even the LDs.

        All Labour has to do is stop talking, nod head sympathetically and mumble “I hear where you are coming from”, and lock Ed Balls in the cupboard. They’ll stroll it so long as Cameron keeps working for them.

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  11. 53
    LITTLE ED DISHONEST DAVE and IRRELEVANT NICK says:

    It’s about time Cameron stepped into this one
    We the taxpayers are yet again expected to pay another huge salary to another Non job
    Why is he obsessed with this woman ?
    What does his wife think ?

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  12. 55

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 59
      Vote Ukip, get a Lab/LibDem coalition, the most pro-EU combo of all says:

      :(

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      • 61

        Vote UKIP for responsible governance.

        Vote Labour for Child R’ape.

        Vote UKIP :-D

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      • 80
        Anonymous says:

        Vote Labour, get Labour/LibDem coalition = Traditional Labour

        Vote Conservative, get Cameron/LibDem coalition = New Labour

        Socialists either way, pro-EU combos through and through.

        Why would a real conservative vote for any of the above ?

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    • 85
      Enoch says:

      ….”Why,oh why, didn,t someone warn us of the pitfalls of multi-culti bollocks,and, the cost,damage and division it has and is causing??????????…

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  13. 56
    C.O.Jones says:

    The previous Speaker was profligate with the public purse as well.

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  14. 62
    albacore says:

    A Parliament ignoring Rotherham
    Is worth less than a stinking tinker’s damn
    Speaker or Prime Minister – what’s the odds?
    Just hang the lot of the treacherous sods
    And give our children their innocence back
    Along with trust in the Union Jack

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  15. 63
    Rotherham Labour Council 1st. Rotherham children 2nd says:

    Sarah Champion MP

    Proud to be the Labour MP for Rotherham. I promise I will always put Rotherham first.

    https://twitter.com/SarahChampionMP

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  16. 64

    Running a charity would place her closer to the ‘ishoos’ – so if she was unaware at that time of what was going on then her general competency is called into question:

    Given the criminal nature and scale here there are no excuses.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  17. 66
    C.O.Jones says:

    Why did Jack Straw raise the subject of grooming gangs after Labour had left office?

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    • 67
      Lefty Liberal Socialists are dangerous says:

      To be fair to Straw. He did raise Muslim issues or rather issues with Muslims when he was in office but he was shouted down as racist by the Gardianistas and the BBC.

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      • 72
        jgm2 says:

        It’s an essential part of their culture.

        The Religion of Peedo’s primary purpose is to rationalise murder, theft, r*ape and slavery as ‘the will of God’ rather than the justification of one man’s quest for personal gratification.

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    • 69
      There's no money left says:

      It’s your mess now, suckers! Ha ha ha ha haaaaa!

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  18. 70
    FUCK OFF SCOTLAND says:

    You’re not having the Pound and we aren’t guaranteeing your debts.
    Leave my Country do what the fuck you like have your own currency and spend it as if there’s no tomorrow.

    Be my guest on joining the EU if you so desire (you are out when you cede from us) and like all new members, love the Euro as preconditions of membership demand.

    All in all, FUCK OFF and take your fucking bagpipes with you.
    You hate us, we hate you and lets part agreeing with each other.

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    • 78
      Scotland says:

      You racist English scum are all the same! You’re just worried sick that without us and our dynamic economy and enterprising nature you’ll be fucked! And you will be, English wankers!!

      PS. Send us more money.

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      • 89
        Alex Salmond says:

        I enjoyed pulling the wings off butterflies when I was a bairn. From there I progressed to dismembering Nations. For my next trick Earth will be removed from the solar system.

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  19. 75

    He must have the feeling of impending doom

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  20. 88
    cynic says:

    I am delighted to see the outpouring of acceptance of responsibility by the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire and the Police and Crime Commissioner today

    Well Theresa why are they still there?

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  21. 90
    Harpee says:

    If you change the rules you have to reopen the competition or get sued. Simples.

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  22. 92
    cheche says:

    Sky asking why so little was done, but scared to report the “ethnicity” or religion of those involved.

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  23. 95
    Anonymous says:

    Do not grant work visa.
    Employment contract is frustrated.
    End of issue.
    Lawyer will be on a hiding to nothing

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  24. 96
    RodTheExBrit says:

    There is something dreadfully wrong with the system when a little shit like Bercow can be foisted onto parliament, as Speaker, as an act of spite by a Labour Government in its death throws.

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