September 1st, 2014

Gallery Guido: Bercow Sticking to His Line

The Speaker’s position is deteriorating fast. Reports say he is sticking to his line that the recruitment process was fair, modern and followed best practice. “Previously, the outgoing Clerks handed in a piece of paper with three names on it,” as he says. Leave aside the fact that his process has created an unprecedented shambles. He now has to avoid lying to the House.

For either Saxton Bampfylde are the most incompetent head hunters in the history of head hunting or John Bercow refused to pass on their warnings about Ms Mills’ comic lack of suitability.

For, what was Ms Mills doing on the long list at all? Saxton Bampfylde, charged with finding a new Commons Clerk presents a facilities manager presiding over “the worst-run department in the Commonwealth” according to one Australian Senator, a manager with no procedural knowledge, and with two separate Inquiries against her. “Just the ticket!” they think, and put her up for consideration. Really? When are they going to spill the beans?

The Commons Commission is FoI-able. Whether the oddly-established Panel of Selection is – that’s a moot point. It needs a clerk to rule on that one. But what did Saxton Bampfylde tell them? Their reputation is at risk. The truth will out – and sooner rather than later.

Kick off at 2.30. Guido will be posting as report shortly after the Speaker sits down. Points of Order will be around 5pm.


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  2. 3
    Err says:

    Guido will be posting as report shortly after the Speaker sits down.



  3. 4
    1,400 says:

    Where’s our justice?


    • 8
      Anonymous says:

      It’s gone to Spain in chains.


    • 24
      Ford Anglia says:

      The media have moved on-even without a celebrity suicide. What staggers me is how crimes of such magnitude, which reveal the rottenness at the heart of the British system, can be shrugged off so quickly. Could it be because the left/liberal establishment are up to their necks in it-so no proper inquest or debate.


  4. 10
    Old Nick Heavenly says:



  5. 11
    Shurdyrover says:

    He will get around it as pathetic MPs will allow it ,


  6. 13
    Statler says:

    Most recruitment consultants work on the bums on seats principle , better to forward as many names as possible in the hope that you will be lucky with one. Any company playing that script is not going to upset the apple cart , they also laughingly consider themselves as sales people and can only recognise those qualities in others.


  7. 18
    Hedley Lamarr says:

    Saxton are 3rd or 4th rate headhunters at best. They must have got this assignment through some sort of personal relationship because usually you’d want to use one of the big 5 (Egon Zehnder, Russell Reynolds, Spencer Stuart, Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry) or perhaps one of the 2nd tier who are more specialist like Odgers or Norman Broadbent. An odd choice.


  8. 19
    Saxton Bampfylde says:

    We saw no reference to the allegations against Mz Mills’ when we read the cheque


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  10. 22
    Anonymous says:

    re comment 21 at 1132 :
    Spot on!
    Who cares if an offensive, bent dwarf stays as Speaker or not?
    Speaker of what, precisely? A gravy-train, a rubber-stamping debating chamber posturing as a Parliament and acting as managers for the EU?
    A piss-poor parish council is more useful. At least its members are usually local people.


  11. 23
    Anonymous says:

    BERK-ow making a fool of Parliament….


  12. 26
    Anonymous says:

    It puts the Ombudsman in a tricky position. She sat on the panel as an external, presumably to ensure fair play.


  13. 28
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Remember there were other MPs involved in this stitch up. Eagle & Hodge have a lot of explaining to do. Unless they can give a good reason for agreeing to this selection they should, along with the Speaker, get their P45s.


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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”

Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!

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