August 29th, 2014

Gallery Guido: The Questions Bercow Must Answer on Monday

The Speaker will stand up at 2.30 on Monday and make an announcement on the new Clerk. Because it could be the end of John Bercow’s Commons career he will make the speech of his life.

It will be a parliamentary masterpiece of apology, mild defiance, injured dignity and ostentatious consensus-seeking.

Players of Oratorical Bingo should look out for:

The timetable was dictated by the outgoing Clerk’s resignation. Process better than we had before. Advertised. Open competition. So necessary to meet the extraordinary challenges we face. All worked hard, interviewed many candidates, acted in good faith as servants of the House. I am the servant of the House. I am referring the matter back to the House in the form of the House of Commons Commission. They will report their recommendations back to the House.

Then, expect:

MP: Point of order!

Speaker: “First there are questions, then a statement by the Prime Minister. Points of order always come after the statement.” (He will want the Prime Minister first to paint a picture of global collapse, jihad, party defection, Euro-turmoil in order to make procedural points seem petty.)

MP: “But it IS after the statement. You’ve just made a statement!”

Speaker confers with Interim Clerk Natzler. Then, sensationally, “It was an announcement, not a statement.”

If MPs lose this argument, Points of Order may begin around 4.30 or 5pm, if the Speaker can drag proceedings out.

The Speaker will answer each point, some at filibustering length, some with the holding answer: “This is a matter for the House of Commons Commission. Let them do their work and report to the House.”

There are many questions outstanding. Here are some of the most important, as raised by Guido over the summer…

1. Ms Mills’ department is under two separate investigations by the Australian Senate – one is a wide-ranging inquiry into the failings of her department, and another for breach of privilege. The latter was described by Senator Hogg as “extremely serious” and caused an emergency debate in the Senate. Were these investigations made known to the panel. Was the seriousness of the charges made clear?

2.You have said to people that the timetable was dictated by Robert Rogers’ decision to leave early. But clerks only serve three to five years in the post. You had suggested splitting the roles before, it was your wish to so – why did you not prepare the way in good order over the last three years? If you wanted to split the roles, why didn’t you follow the proper procedure?

3. Where does all this leave the poor Ms Mills? She applied for a job that didn’t exist. Hasn’t she now got a case against us? I understand the Interim Clerk is considering legal action against the process you presided over. Will Ms Mills be suing as well?

4. The head hunters Saxton Bampfylde. Did they take up Ms Mills’ references? Were they aware how seriously the Senate was taking the accusations against Ms Mills’ department? What did they tell the panel? Whom did they tell ?

5. Why wasn’t the Chairman of Ways and Means on the panel? Why were Margaret Hodge and Julie Mellor? Who chose them and by what process were they approved?

6. Did you meet Ms Mills personally or professionally before her name was put forward as a candidate?

7. Will Ms Mills be granted a grace and favour residence, and if so, where and at what cost? Who will be moving into 3 Parliament St?

8. Ms Mills will be doing half the advertised job. Will she be getting half the salary?

8a) Between September this year and March next year, won’t Ms Mills be flying between here and Australia to give evidence to the Senate Inquiry into her department? How will she be able to concentrate on her work in Westminster with such an Inquiry going on?

9. If the post were re-advertised as a chief executive pure and simple, would there not be very many more applicants – now that no procedural knowledge is needed?

10. Is there not someone suitable inside the organisation with knowledge of how the place works? Or are you saying that experience of the Commons, or of the Palace of Westminster, or if London, or even of Britain is unnecessary? Wouldn’t a person so inexperienced be over-reliant on the views and preferences of her sponsor or employer?

11. There have been reports in the media that you interfered improperly with other House appointments. What recourse do we back bencher have to scrutinise or hold to account our Speaker when questions of propriety arise? Perhaps you could take advice from the Interim Clerk before answering?

12. There has never been such a shambles in the appointment of such an important official. Most of us are modernisers but this is giving modernisation a bad name. Nothing like this ever happened under the old system.

13. Whatever is decided by the House of Commons Commission , this needs a pre-appointment hearing to examine the whole process by which this shambles has come to pass.

14. (If he has agreed with Leader and Shadow Leader to suspend the process and have a committee looking into the splitting of the roles.) Now we have a front bench fix and the Executive interfering with a House matter to get you out of a hole. Is this what “the rights of back benchers to hold the Executive to account” has come to?

15a). Who will decide who is on this committee and its terms of reference? Or has that been decided between you and the Executive? Who would clerk this committee?

15b) Dr Rosemary Laing wrote of her dismay at the likelihood of Ms Mills’ appointment. It was suggested in the Guardian that this reaction was the result of rivalry between two equal officials. Isn’t that what you are proposing here – building in a structural conflict to a system that has been working co-operatively and effectively?

16. (If Ms Mills is proposed as a chief executive equal in standing with the Clerk.) You are presenting this as a compromise but isn’t it the case that it’s what you wanted all along ?

16a) Why do we need a select committee looking at t? Two reports have been against it. Why do you think the role needs to be split? Do you think clerks are incompetent managers? You wanted it and tried to force it through by fixing the panel so that Natzler didn’t get the job.

17. Your management of this process has been the worst in living memory. How would you know a good manager from a bad one? Should you not remove yourself from the process entirely?

18. You keep saying that the House of Commons Commission will deal with it. But four of the six members of the selection panel were Commons Commissioners. Isn’t that asking a body to investigate itself? Is that proper?

19. Given the weight and number of these points of order, given the question marks over the conduct of this process, given the history of questionable interference in House processes and given your adherence to the Nolan principles of public life – shouldn’t you submit yourself to a secret vote of confidence from the House?

If these points were raised and answered honestly, it’s hard to see how the Speaker could outlive the day.


  1. 1
    Lord Croker says:

    The House of Sleaze and Corruption. No speech from the little git will ever change it.

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    Silly Sally B13COW says:

    Will anyone notice when he stands up ?

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    David Cameron says:

    As a result of Islamist activity the UK threat level has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘lock up your daughters’

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    John Bercow says:

    Maybe I will just say

    “Suck it up, losers”

    No one can oppose me I am invincible.

    Not to mention I am a legend in my own lunchtime.

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    Stumpy says:

    Yes they will as he disappears beneath the seat he was sat on.

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    Chuka identifies yet another photo op. says:

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    Tony Blair says:

    What we need Dave *waves hands*, is,,, is, *stares into camera* more Tanks at Heathrow Airport *waves hands* as it will keep the oiks mollified.

    That advice was pro bono, any more, I say any more is of course chargeable.

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    Hang him high says:

    Well, about four foot will do!

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    The Westminster Way says:

    All very well Guido, but the careerist cowards who pretend to represent us are not going to vote this useless git out of office or clean up their act. There’ll be a load of hurrumphing, some ttting and eyebrow action, after that a few throats will be cleared and they’ll move on to the next bit of bullshit Westminster displacement activity.

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    MOD says:

    Do we have any tanks these days?

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    dave says:

    He’s worse than Gorbals Mick. What a prat !

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    Having fixed the phone lines Chuka lends a hand in the Mencap Office says:

    and surprise surprise, a photographer just happened to be in the office too.

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    Owen Jones says:

    Far Left press outlet refer to me as “Super-Fascist”; I should imagine that a Fascist Superhero would be pretty good.

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    Oliver Cromwell says:

    I agree. We need to get rid of them all and start again.

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    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Nobody get any tanks these days for doing anything to help anybody.

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    Tony Blair says:

    Not an issue. (For a consideration) I could ask one of my Dictator clients. I’m sure they will lend us some so long as they aren’t busy using them to massacre their people of course.

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    my moustache is luxuriant says:

    We have, arguably, the best tanks and tank crews in the world.
    Just not that many.

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    Jealous Yankee says:

    In the end, it will mean nothing. Bercow will remain speaker and he will get his appointment in. The rotting hull of democracy has sunk.

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    Think Tank says:

    What about us?

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    Chukka Umunna says:

    *To cameraman

    You got the watch right? How’s it look?

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    Question 4 dave says:

    If the plod can’t catch Islamic R@PISTS on the streets of Rotherham even though they have been identified, named and witnessed what chance have they with an Islamic terrorist trying not to be found?

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    Mycroft says:

    In a Country with so many really important and pressing issues, this site seems to just want to play out a personal vendetta, which has overtones of fiddling whilst Rome burns, but that reality seems lost here for the moment.

    Of late i have taken to not taking this place quite as seriously as a result, I enjoy the other threads and contribute and I suppose I just have accept that the continual bolleaux on this vendetta will continue.

    Get over it guys, he’s in place you hate the very sight of him, fine I loathe the guy down the road who mows his lawn at 7am on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t dominate my life as this little spat seems to dominate these pages.

    Just my opinion, your vendetta is a turn off.

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    If you say so... says:

    Is that ‘best… in the world’ anything like the NHS ‘best… in the world’ or the Metropolitan Police ‘best… in the world’, by any chance?

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    John Bercow says:

    The worst part is that Sal will probably be at home swigging Chablis between big black dicks.

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    Eric Joyce says:

    I’m tanked

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    Wah wah pedal says:

    Excellent observation and writing as ever Mr. Carr, always a superb read.

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    Here's an idea says:

    Start your own blog

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    Run for cover! Dave's trying to grab headlines again! says:

    “Prime Minister David Cameron said IS poses a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”. – Sky News.

    OK, so the PM can’t remember the Cold War and its threat of imminent nuclear armageddon, and he doesn’t know much about WW2, WW1, Napoleon..

    What a twát.

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    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    How about going one better chukky and speaking up on how Liebour has behaved to the honest people of Rotherham, who help to vote you lot in for 13 years, don’t worry chucky one day you will be out in the cold.

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    Someone says:

    Exactly. Hardly anything that goes on in Parliament these days is any use or relevance to ordinary British people. These people are utter wastes of space.

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    Search Google for a News site says:

    UR Wrong site mate. It says on the tin, tittle tattle, Rumour and Gossip

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    Jen The Blue says:

    Am I cynical in thinking this is a good day to bury the recent Carswell story by announcing an increase in the terror threat?

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    dave says:

    If only we had people with the guts to speak out like this. The Americans can thank their First Amendment that allows them to do so without the fear of the PC police arresting them, as they do in the UK.

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    Armchair Civilian says:

    But he’s not even going to nuke them.

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    You scratch my back, I'll etc etc says:

    Ah, Macmillan Cancer Research – the fake charity that supports the Labour Party.

  37. 37
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Good job, he’s only preening and not grooming , imagine how long it would take him grooming.

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    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Anonymous says:

    as hes such a nice fella, can we change that to a concrete bucket?

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    Deport Nick Clegg says:

    “doing incredibly important work in our community!”

    So he decided to barge in and interrupt them all.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Should I postpone my hip replacement, dear?

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    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    And the excuse for an even more over bearing and centralised state presses ahead at full steam… :/

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    Skidmark Jones says:

    So long as you don’t start wearing your underpants on the outside of your trousers.

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    Mycroft says:

    That would just be letting the foolishness go unquestioned and the fact there is the facility to comment means that sometimes people will say unflattering things.

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    Anonymous says:

    My armour is simply going to be strips of raw streaky bacon sewn together.

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    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    True, makes you wonder with all the snooping of the charter just who have they been snooping on?!

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    Deport Nick Clegg says:


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    rick says:

    I would imagine tanks are now obsolete and only good against civilians. They must be extremely vulnerable to attack by air and ground guided weapons.

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    bíĹL¡è BØtTÿ says:

    *waves @ “Steve”*

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    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    You should try “Vineyard of the saker” it may interest you as it’s related to the above and a kinda sit-rep RT style from Ukraine.

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    Cpl Hicks says:

    I think as far as political and parliamentary matters go this is massive. Why shouldn’t geedes be reporting it?

    It’s a fundamental issue facing Parliament and could be a resigning matter for Bercow. The little tw@ is making a mockery of an already stinking institution. He is not helping its reputation….and nor is his dozy bint of a wife.

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    my moustache is luxuriant says:

    Er, no.

    Claims on ‘best in the world’ are made by the Met and the NHS themselves. It’s delusion.

    Our tanks and their crews are rated by our military allies as some of the best.

    You missed the ‘arguably’ in my post.

    Which means your post sucked.

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    rick says:

    Yep, that’s the idea.

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    Cpl Hicks says:

    @ Sally

    Would you notice Mandingo inside you?

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    Dave "hyperbole" Cameron says:

    IS represents a greater threat to our survival than the meteorite that killed-off the dinosaurs.

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    bíĹL¡è BØtTÿ says:

    Most of these comments is repeats , ain’t thet Giudo ???

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    Important announcement from P’oland:

    Bit of arcane intl law here. Res 3314 defines ‘crimes of aggression’.

    These are split into two: ‘aggression’, which gives rise to international responsibility, and ‘war of aggression’, which is a crime against international peace.


    The international responsibility aspect is of interest as word is that P’oland may intervene in the R’ussia-U’kraine conflict.

    G’ermany today stated that R’ussia’s actions in U’kraine constitute a ‘military intervention’. The EU appears to still be shying away from 3314. That can only be for political reasons but is unnecessary as its hand is strong and R’ussia is clearly in a mood for escalation period.


    ‘In a very well-done graphics, R’ussia’s R’ossiya 24 shows (with an arrow) that onslaught on M’ariupol is coming from R’ussia.’
    h/t @NatVasilyevaAP

    P’utin sported his Alan Partidge look today at his youth camp bash in Seliger.

    Other than replying to a question about if government had been established in R’ussia with the response ‘God Knows’, he stated that the people of U’kraine and R’ussia are one, R’ussia does not need the UN and G’ermany should not be ashamed of H’itler. It was quite interesting.

    One young lady who asked whether K’azakhstan could face a similar fate to U’kraine did sweeten her serious question with a compliment about P’utin’s jumper.

    Recommend digging this one out. Keep in mind what is happening in U’kraine at present as he talks jobs and future of R’ussia with the students.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Just asking says:

    Is the photographer paid by us through his expenses claims?

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    telefunken u47 says:

    Your cutting sarcasm is well placed, sir.

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    Barak Obama says:

    And I say to the people of Balticstan America is with you.

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    Frankie goes to Bollywood says:

    War, what is it good for?

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    Deport Nick Clegg says:

    Anyone trying to expose what was going on in Rotherham?

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    rick says:

    Agreed. Too many involved in the Westminster scam to want to rock the boat in any meaningful way.

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    telefunken u47 says:

    If you’d shut the fuck up, the advertisers won’t feel a thing, you tart.

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    Sally Bercow says:

    I look at it like this. Nowadays Ships and Airliners cross the Atlantic hundreds of times daily and nobody cares. Columbus and Lindberg are remembered because they were pioneers and did something that nobody had ever done before. Its the same with Douglas Carswell. He is an innovator, a visionary, and a virtuoso.

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    Where’d he get that suit….David Bryne?

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    bíĹL¡è BØtTÿ says:

    Is you Gduio , then , telefucken ??

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    telefunken u47 says:

    No. I’m a famous brand of microphone.

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    rick says:

    Yes, Nick Griffin. The police tried to get him on a ‘hate speech’ rap and were geared up to prosecute him.

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    bíĹL¡è BØtTÿ says:

    Oh , bummer . How will I cope , then ??

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    L’ithuania is taking some steps to protect the nation from misinformation:

    It does make sense for them as they are being targeted at present.

    Anyone who watches M’ax K’eiser’s RT show (or RT in general without being aware that it is a propaganda channel) in the UK will be exposing themselves to similar propaganda which L’ithuania is seeking to block.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Erwin Rommel says:

    Tanks are so 1940s

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    Armchair Civilian says:

    Very useful against unarmend vegatarians.

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    Deport Nick Clegg says:

    Maybe, but looking at the lack of dynamism in the composition it was a student, so probably doing it for free.

    I’m just amused by all the filing cabinets and drawers – I haven’t seen that many in an office since the 1980s.

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    Silly Sally B13COW says:

    *innocent face*

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    Anonymous says:

    8 Tories preparing to defect to UKIP UK Terror alert level raised.

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    Great British Public says:

    Tell you what…most of us don’t give a flying fuck.

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    5th November sounds good says:

    Like the public servants in Rotherham…$hit at their job and hard faced with it when confronted…I can feel the nation is almost ready for a Guy Fawkes bonfire of the current political/public establishments

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    Mrs May says:

    UK Threat Level now raised to Severe. Please be alert for anyone wearing pyjamas and owning a bushy beard…they’ll be the terrorists.

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    lolathebeautiful says:

    Including Carswell?

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    Big D says:

    Could’nt someone just do the decent thing and chuck the Speaker off one of the bar terraces into the Thames along with the wife ?

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    yaosxx says:

    Who the f&&k asked you??? – if you don’t like it then you can buzz off!!

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    Mycroft says:


    More massive than the headless enquiry?

    More massive than the ‘faux’ terrorist alert rise, in an attempt to give the incumbent PM some beefed up but entirely false status?

    More massive than the debacle in Rotherham?

    It’s a sideshow, it may not even be that, it could well be a non-story.

    It’s not massive, unless of course, molehills have become mountains of late.

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    Mycroft says:

    The invite asked me… it reads… ‘Leave a Comment’… it didn’t ask ‘Please tell me I’m right’.

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    Time Lord says:

    Which ships cross the Atlantic in a day?

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    Old Father Thames says:

    But think of the wildlife, the migrating salmon.. all those eels and whelks for the cockneys.

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    Essex says:

    He’s going to be standing in a by-election, so he’s not part of the ‘rump of fools’

  89. 89
    Roger Lord says:

    Thankfully, I trained as a cowboy plumber.

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    Chastely travelling man says:

    I blame the airlines. The toilets are tiny.

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    Cpl Hicks says:

    Ok so what rumour and gossip is there about the terror threat rise? Rochdale has been on here for a while. Which part of the geedes crosshairs bit did you miss?

    This is a British politics blog and what the speaker is doing is a fundamental issue.

    If you’ve got something interesting to start regarding the terror issue why don’t you email it to geedes? I’m sure he’ll oblige by starting a thread if it’s worthy.

    The only thing I agree with you is about butler-slopbucket enquiry however, I’m sure as soon as an announcement is made faux will be all over it.

    Come back when it is!

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    UK Terror Alert Wallah says:

    We only go to eleven, unfortunately.

    Meanwhile, they’ll be showers up north and clear slots down south. Some of these may gang up, get their acts together, and turn into a late summer.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Isn’t the, Thames-bypassing, mega-sewer accepting waste yet, dear?

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    Cpl Hicks says:

    Any Brazilians who have outstayed their visas I suggest now would be a good time to bugger off home. If you don’t you might end up getting shot in the face by the police.

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    Ritchie Blackhead says:

    Your work with Purple has gone unrecognised.

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    Deport Nick Clegg says:

    That rings a bell. I wonder if the BBC have got Nick onto one of their news broadcasts and interviewed him about his exoneration.

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    King Dong says:

    Three actually. She says you are to hurry home and get into your gimp suit.

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    Sensible Mature Person says:

    You have to learn to distinguish between short term news items and matters of import concerning the governance of the country. You appear to have been watching too much rolling TV news recently, and lost sight of the bigger picture.
    Go for a walk, it’ll freshen your mind.

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    Joe South says:

    These speakers are anemic.

  100. 100
    Perry Neeham says:

    You’ve never really got over your sibling rivalry have you Mycroft?

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    The President says:

    I lent him my Taupe suit, and it came back with a stain.

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    idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Bercow is a jumped up twat. Sack him ffs and get someone decent.

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    Mycroft says:

    Don’t have a TV.

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    H.M. says:

    Who will rid me of this turbulent turd?

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    Jim says:

    It is corruption at the very heart of Parliament.

    This just a single example that has become public knowledge.

    If they can there will be a secret deal by blackmail or extortion to fix it.

    How do you think Rotherham was covered up.

    Cart before the Horse?

    Return Parliament to its former Standards and the rest will follow.

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    Old Blue Eyes says:

    If the Speaker gets his marching orders what’s to become of Silly Moocow? Do you think her friends the travelling community will take her in.

  108. 108
    Norm Normal says:

    Hello Shlomo!

  109. 109
    Norm Normal says:

    Maybe… there aren’t any! :-O

  110. 110
    Norm Normal says:

    What, propaganda TV liike all the ZioLoon channels and programmes we have in the West?

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    stun() says:

    Excellently written, sir. I particularly like the way that it starts mildly and progresses to speaker armageddon. I sincerely hope that it is used in the HoC in some way. Good work.

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    Anonymous says:

    In that case..

    I suspect Boris Johnson will be persuaded to offer to stand in Buckingham constituency come GE 2015

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    You re not Lord Croker — you re Michael Caine .
    — and not a lot if people know that.

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    Heidi Nunder-Abed (til its over) says:

    What, Dave didn’t believe in Saddam’s 45 minutes strike capability?

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    RWG says:

    Fuck the police.

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    RWG says:

    Psycho killer, ques que ce?

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    Vacancy at the White House says:

    Slut of a wife surely and what does that make him – no shame Bercow.

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    Vacancy at the White House says:

    The latest slant the BBC and the enrichments are trying to put on the Rotherham revealed coverups is…………………what went wrong in THIS town? FFS it’s happening and has been happening in every town/city where these people have inserted themselves.

    The general public know it to be true, pity the Lib/Lab/Con never get outside their ivory towers and confront the reality the general public have to endure, correction native white public have to endure.

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    Not Dupped says:

    That’s the 45 minutes to strike (ISRAEL) capability you were duped into going to war over.

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    Hugh Janus says:


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    Nile Tannent says:

    David Bryne?

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    Filthy bleedin' pervert with weiner in hand in anticipation says:

    EEh lass! We’ve seen yer bum now wharrabout gettin’ yer tits out fer’t lads?

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    Diminutive Threat says:

    I agree. Bercow is dangerous but not top of the list.

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    Simon Cowell says:

    Britain’s Got the Talent

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    Anonymous says:

    The Ombudsman. The external member of the panel. There to see fair play. So she’s either a fool or a knave.

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    John Bercow says:

    Thank you very much, Simon. I didn’t have a clue what to say until now.

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    Anonymous says:

    “Questions Bercow Must Answer on Monday”
    Are you now considering, or might you intend at some juncture in the future, applying for the redaction of whatever happens next from Google?

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    Wah wah pedal says:

    Only in your head.

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    Owen's Remedial English teacher says:

    “So necessary to meet the extraordinary challenges we face.”

    “So necessary” that what?

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    Little Johnny Bercow says:

    She’s going nowhere.

    She went to Notting Hill last Friday and hasn’t woken up since the chauffeur carried her home on Tuesday morning.

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    John and Yoko says:

    Stop shouting, Neighbour.
    No wonder Mycroft is in so grumpy: he needs to get back to the Diogenes Club for a bit of Bed Peace and Hair Peace.

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    pro bono says:

    As a rock star, Dave, you have two instincts, You want to chillax, and you want to change the world. You can do both.

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    A. Hitler, Labour, says:

    No. It’ll be like the expenses: they’ll introduce a system that is even more expensive than the original corruption for the minor points, and the major points will continue.

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    A. Hitler, Labour, says:

    The problem with that is that the speaker needs to be an MP

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    A. Hitler, Labour, says:

    25 years ago a Bradford girl told me she couldn’t walk through the Parky Stanley areas alone because she’d get harassed by the sexually immature yoot.

    Seen it in India too — juvenile attitudes cos the girls are locked away. They had/have a constant problem with “Eve-teasing”

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    The Critic says:

    What if the guy down the road is Bercow?

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    Nemesis says:

    When I look at the present inefficient lot of politicians and toe curling idiots like Bercow I just despair for this country.

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    Jim says:

    Parliament is a cesspit .End of story.

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    23 ‘7 am on a Sunday morning’ -as opposed to 7 pm on a Sunday morning, or to 7 am on a Sunday evening?

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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”

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