September 1st, 2014

Bercow Clerk Statement: Full Text

Bercow has given way and delayed the Mills appointment:

“Order! Order! I wish to make a statement concerning the clerk and chief executive of the house. Currently these two roles are combined in a single post, despite their very different nature. Over the years, Parliament’s affairs have become more complex, its budget has risen and decisions such as on a potential refurbishment of the House have become unavoidable.

Thus highly skilled management is now vital as much as expertise in procedure.

My preference for separating the two aspects of the Post did not meet with sufficient support before the recruitment process and in consequence the combined position of Clark and chief executive was openly advertised.

A range of candidates were considered by an interview panel consisting of five honourable members and a lay member, Dame Julie Mellor.  

[Interruption “no deputy speaker!”]

Two rounds of interviews were conducted and at each stage the panel source to select one person who could meet the demanding twin roles both of procedural adviser to the house and of its chief executive officer. The panel reached its decision on July 30, however a number of colleagues have since expressed disquiet…

[Interruption: “HA!”]

…their concerns fall into two categories. The first, helpfully raised by the honourable member for Rutland and Melton, is whether the panel should have recommended separating the roles. I was advised that the panel could not adopt this approach without prior legislation.

As I have said, there is a compelling case for such a separation but any change would, of course, require the support of the House.

The second concern is for free appointment scrutiny and was initially put forward by the honourable member for North East Somerset. A strong case can be made for it and on this point also I wish to hear colleagues’s views. In the circumstances, and having discussed the matter with the leader and shadow leader of the House, I believe that a modest pause in the recruitment process is desirable while such issues are explored and the views of members solicited in detail. In the meantime, the functions of the clerk and chief executive will be distributed between members of the management board. I am sure the whole House will wish them well in the discharge of these important duties while the matter is resolved with good will and by consensus.”

Vid via @liarpoliticians.



  1. 1
    Empty seats says:

    I see the Northern Irish MPs haven’t turned up today. Must need another few days holiday


  2. 2
    Filbert Gibbler - for it is he! says:

    I will answer this question in two ways, first, in a serious voice, then secondly, in a high-piched sqeak…


  3. 5
    Circus Maximus says:

    Labour will not join in in getting rid of Bercom. The MPs need to go for the jugular, Bercow will not change his ways, he is power hungry.


  4. 6
    Steve says:

    hopefully UKIP stand against him at the election, and get rid of him and his wife.


  5. 7
    Norm Normal says:

    Is making the Squeaker see sense always going to take this much time and effort?

    Actual punch ups in the HOC may be a result!


    • 10
      The Encircling Angry Mob says:

      Or they may be the answer.


    • 29
      Daniel Hannan says:

      How vibrant and diverse, just like the legislative asemblies of Bulgaria or India..


    • 34
      The Religion of Peace says:

      This chat about Bercow and splitting roles.

      It really is the least of your worries.

      Vote Lib Lab or Con.
      Vote Rotherham.
      Vote ISIS.

      Allllllaaaaahhhhh Akkkkkkkkkkbbbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


  6. 8
    Thrill Seeker says:

    Does this mean Cameron will be sending in the SAS to release Mr and Mrs King from their false imprisonment in a Spanish dungeon at the hands of the NHS?


    • 42
      The Religion of Peace says:

      This chat about some former Mus lim who changed religion to a Kuffar dirty bitch and her Kuffar children.

      It really is the least of your worries.

      Vote Lib Lab or Con.
      Vote Rotherham.
      Vote ISIS.

      Allllllaaaaahhhhh Akkkkkkkkkkbbbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


  7. 9
    EUROPE 2014 says:

    Kiev are still shelling civilians,backed with IMF cash. Why are you supporting this Dave?


    • 14
      BBC says:

      Not in Gaza not interested blah blah not listening


    • 18
      Pistol packing Putin says:

      The ‘play book’ says, 1st Sept (1939)/2014 contrive a border incident so that you can use this as an excuse to invade. Wonder what other goodies are in this exhibit from the archives. Set up a group called the NKVD so that you can terrorise the population, now that seems a good idea.


    • 50
      Norm Normal says:

      Where’s the proof that Kiev did that? The area is betwen Donetsk and Luhansk where the Russians and Ukrainians have been shelling each other.

      Is Russia using the Gaza playbook? Anything falling from the sky was fired by Kiev?


  8. 11
    Gosh says:




  9. 12
    The Great British Public who are all looking forward to VOTE UKIP on Thursday 7 May 2015 says:

    And more importantly OUR consensus will be that this

    jumped up ego driven little berk & the fish wife who

    motto is Open all Hours ! will be put on permanent

    pause @ GE in May 15 !!! And to the welcome relief of

    everyone throughout the OUR country !


  10. 13
    SAA dept says:

    The last time an outsider who didn’t really know the rules and procedures of the house was given an important job in parliament an MP’s office was raided by the police.


  11. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Pre-appointment scrutiny, surely?


    • 36
      The Judiciary are the Mafia in the UK says:

      Joo diligence indeed !


      • 109
        EeeYepBlowingGoats says:


        Did you know I work for moss’ad? All my insane ranting has actually driven people to support the I’sreal than ever.

        Of course, I could just boycott this site and stick to looking at p’orn on the t’internet. But then I guess I wouldn’t be achieving my hasbara aims.


  12. 21

    Other than removing dead Russian troops, there was something else taken out by the mostly empty aid trucks last week – a few factories.

    Aid convoy is back on the border. ‘Coincidentally’ arrived yesterday, shortly before all hell broke loose today after the new offensives in L’ugansk.

    D’onetsk airport is very likely going to be next on the menu.

    Vote UKIP :-D


    • 40
      Pistol packing Putin says:

      I see myself as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, I take in beans and take out gold plated machinery. Well Lavrov said it is all a fairy tale anyway.


      • 62
        rick says:

        As much as US/NATO/EU may want a war with Russia, it ain’t going to happen. Best advice is to stop poking the Bear.


    • 58
      Norm Normal says:

      Nice find EU Troll! Looks like they stripped Ukrainian factories of modern engineering machinery not available in Russia.

      The paragraph about the looting of equipment for making aircraft turbine blades is very interesting.


      • 89

        Engine manufacture – particularly helicopter – is a key part of R’ussia’s mil-ind complex that remains in East U’kraine.

        That btw is their principal interest as Russia has orders to fill both domestically and in recently signed deals with countries such as P’akistan.

        Vote UKIP :-D


      • 118
        my moustache is luxuriant says:

        Do the Ukrainians grow their blades like RR?


    • 135
      Anonymous says:

      All trucks returned empty,they were checked bythe Ukrainian and Russian border guards. So that just more BS.


  13. 23
    nell says:

    so what now then?


    • 28
      K's & P's are mainly given to nonces says:

      We appoint an expert nell.

      i.e. someone with the relevant EXPERTISE…

      “Thus highly skilled management is now vital as much as expertise in procedure.”


      • 31
        K's & P's are mainly given to nonces says:

        i.e. someone who has done a bit more than a few hours research on the internet !


    • 29
      never surrender says:

      I was under impression that statement could be followed by point of order along the lines of ” as we all think you have behaved abominably and are undeserving of the role of speaker, please resign your position?”


      • 86
        Parliament Estate Office says:

        Roger the Clown as said behind my back in the chamber asks:

        Has either Hogdge or Eabgle made statements to the house collaborating squeakers statement. Does any of Squeakers or when made forthcoming statements refute insinuations made about the sorry affair? Will correspondence to Mills, minutes of meetings, even the advertisement for the “combined roles” job be published?


  14. 26
    Jealous Yankee says:

    This just in. Gorbals Mick is laughing st the Sqeaker.


  15. 33

    The S’upreme I’mbecile may need to think carefully about his love of c’urry:

    Vote UKIP :-D


    • 44
      ? says:

      Iraq Syria Libya Egypt now the Ukraine whatever the EU/NATO regime change loons touch it turns to shit.


      • 75
        rick says:

        EU/NATO/US still think they are masters of the universe because they have ruined a few middle east countries. They think they can do the same with Russia. Putin may just take them to school.


      • 77
        Norm Normal says:

        They didn’t touch anything in Egypt? Russia and Iran did more in Syria than anyone else?

        Historical fact is historical fact, unless you work for Putin lol.


  16. 37
    RomaBert... says:

    The Squeaker, a fairy tale for our time, Snow White and the seven dwarfs perhaps?

    Perhaps he should just go now…


  17. 43
    Shooty* says:

    So…. it’s a bit long, and a bit boring, and a bit mealy mouthed. Can you precis it for us? Did he get his arse handed to him?


  18. 45
    Cuckold Sally says:

    “In all my years covering Parliament, I’ve never heard a Speaker openly mocked to his face like today.”

    Oh, I do it on a regular basis…mainly with a black men in “The Sun on Sunday”!


  19. 46
    Who can I be thinking of? says:

    I would hate to have a job where I was seen to be ridiculed in public, and to have a wife who was regardred as a tart without a heart but a longing for rough trade.


  20. 49
    Rompuy says:

    Spineless Dave is simply following his orders


  21. 52
    Back1woodsman says:

    This will not end well !


  22. 54
    Eels says:

    All a bit bathotic after all the hype. I was led to believe he would crack, cry and beg forgiveness whislt tearing his robes. But nothing much happened did it? What now?


  23. 59
    Will says:

    Well I find myself in agreement that the legal and admin functions should be split given that the responsibilities have grown and if we are likely to get a coalition gov next year it could involve a lot of work plus given more powers given to Scotland the legal changes and legislation is quite complex. Also if parliament itself needs to be completely refurbished and will cost hundreds of millions of pounds and having to relocate parliament it will be a massive undertaking.

    That said this appointment process is a complete lash up and should be declared null and void until a form decision to split the posts has been made


    • 71
      Napoleon Complex says:

      I think you might find the duties of a Prime Minister have grown a little over the last 100 years. Are you suggesting we split that function as well?

      Just have an Operational Manager under the Clerk for the rest – no need for high falutin’ titles. The Clerk need only intervene in the Operational Manager’s role when it is a matter of Members’ privileges or requirements.


    • 79
      The Critic says:

      Parliament’s affairs have become more complex – how so? The EU make the majority of our laws. Once Scotland go, there will be even less to do.


  24. 65
    Shurdyrover says:

    So who was on Bercow’s selection panel?????


  25. 73
    Hear All See All says:

    So where does that leave the Australian ?
    Is she no longer in the frame?
    Is she eligible for compo?
    How long will HoC be without The Clerk ?


  26. 80
  27. 82
    The British media are cunts says:

    I see bum boy Dave is at it again. He thinks giving fat useless plod more power is the solution.

    No Cameron, that is the problem.

    The solution is to de-Islamify the UK

    I thought European arrest warrants were for arresting terrorists and criminals, not the parents of sick kids.

    you cannot trust fat plod with power, he will abuse it, that is why these people wear a uniform.


    • 107
      Friends of Israel says:

      But is was us and our kosher judiciary friends that ensured the Islamification of the UK was completed via our secret weapons aka political correctness and libertarianism.

      Dave can’t do anything.

      Hold onto yer heads!


  28. 83
    Mr. A. Moron says:

    So Bercow is offering jobs to members of the committee THAT explains a lot


  29. 84
    Spectator Watch says:

    I see that the headless chicken dance continues in full swing at the Spectator.

    Fraser Nelson is virtually ordering the readers not to support UKIP – in the absence of being able to put together a persuasive argument against such support. The fragrant Isabel seems reduced to making the equivalent of disapproving clucking sounds. Ineffectual James Forsyth, appears incapable of following his analysis through to the obvious conclusions.

    What none of them seem prepared to do is stare reality in the eye, most specifically on mass immigration. They all appear determined to maintain, in the absence of supporting evidence, the bien pensant metropolitan pretence that it is a “good thing” (though, with the exception of one particularly swarthy, yet fa’scis’tic, commentator, they don’t seem too keen on hiring immigrants themselves). So, they can only smile weakly when Cameron’s government admits another 500,000 plus people from abroad in ONE YEAR.

    I think the Speccie folk are literally incapable of addressing the realities and have become simply a vehicle for press releases from the No. 10 bunker.


    • 101
      Littleoldlady-hehe says:

      How anyone can take Fraser Nelson seriously with that ludicrous voice and accent is way beyond me !

      “(though, with the exception of one particularly swarthy, yet fa’scis’tic, commentator, they don’t seem too keen on hiring immigrants themselves).”

      LIKE IT!


    • 111
      Hamarse says:

      at the last election they voted Dave, they didn’t get a conservative.

      At the next election
      if you vote Dave you won’t get a conservative.


      • 128
        UKIP The United Kamikazee Party says:

        if you vote UKIP you wont get a referendum either so what next?

        Sorry and I hate to rainon your fucking parade but a vote for UKIP will bot get UKIP it will ensure a will win. A Referendum will be officially ruled out as it already has been by Milliband and closer and almost impossible ties will be established by Labour with the EU

        You utter fuckwits will be lucky to escape with just being labelled a terrorist organisation by the EU.


  30. 85
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Odious little prick!, (imho).


  31. 97
    5th November sounds good says:

    I use to think “Politics” what do I know…I will get on with living my life, raising the kids paying my taxes and try not to be a burden to others.
    Just look at the Fuc£ Up that that has resulted in, when those in Public life are primarily self-serving Common Purpose $hit, or supports of PIE.
    Unfortunately the only way back to common sense now look like it will have to be violent, unless there is a significant change in the “State” between now and May 2015.


  32. 98

    Russian Space Sex Gecko Update:

    Gecko sex satellite returns to Earth after great space adventure


    ICYMI – the story leading up to this happy return:

    Vote UKIP :-D


  33. 102
    Owen Jones says:

    Come the revolution I will be general secretary of GBUSSR.


  34. 105
    Oh, really? says:

    Bercow Thesaurus definitions:
    not following
    off the wall
    without basis
    without foundation


  35. 108
    Perfectly reasonable request says:

    We call upon Prime Minister David Cameron & Secretary of State of Health Jeremy Hunt why the human rights of parents choices are taken away when medical treatment of their children is not up to their standards & wishes especially when they are wanting to fund this themselves, we would like a full apology for the family and an public investigation and for the parents to be allowed to have the human right to choose to have the basic right of picking their hospital care they wish for their sick child. The parents should not be arrested and separated from Ashya King.


  36. 119
    Oh dear what a shame never mind says:

    in other words its everyone elses fault

    How the fuckety fuck does this imbecile keep his job.


  37. 121
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    Fire the Speaker
    Reinstate the Clerk


  38. 125
    Lord Bercow says:

    15th draft with expletives (256) deleted.
    I though it came across rather well.
    Not the least bit sanctimonious.


  39. 132
    Labour supporter says:

    We need the UK to stick together. Keep Scotland in the union.
    Up with Glasgow Celtic FC.
    Up with Scotland
    Up with the UK.


  40. 133
    Sally says:

    I’m well chuffed to see a cock up in the HoC.


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  43. 146
    scallywag42 says:

    Vladimir Shortarse


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