September 1st, 2014

SKETCH: Bercow Does Bashful

The Speaker made his statement (of course). There was barking throughout. Never has a Speaker’s statement been heckled. Scoffing, scornful laughter on “A number of colleagues expressed disquiet.”

He said as little as possible, played it straight, modestly, firmly, with a self-deprecation mild enough to sound plausible. “My preference did not meet with sufficient support,” he said to explain why the combined post was advertised.

The management challenge was larger than it ever has been. The move out of the building and the refurbishment of the buildings was, he implied, beyond the capacity of clerks.

So, the panel chose the candidate to be both chief adviser to parliament and chief executive.

As to separating the roles “Any change would require the consent of the House.”

On the pre-appointment hearing he says he wants to hear views.

He is offering “a modest pause in the recruitment process while views are solicited in detail.”

This is the first stage of what he hopes will be an orderly retreat.

There are some powerful points to be made about Saxton Bampfylde’s role and conduct , and whether the Speaker conspired to keep Ms Mills’ travails away from the Panel.

But these points arise from what he said today.

* No previous recruitment process has been so disorderly. You knew the Clerk would serve three to five years only. Why didn’t you start the process of separating the roles a year ago?

* Any change would require the consent of the House? You have selected a candidate who can only do half the job without the consent of the House. When were you planning on consulting the House?

You want to solicit views in detail. What is the mechanism for presenting views – will they be presented in public or behind closed doors, in private one-to-ones?

But this is just a warm-up. Ranging shots. Exploratory jabs. Sizing up the opposition, calculating its strength and support.

Will he cut and run after the statement? Or will he stay to test the mood of the House?

Either today or tomorrow, battle will be joined in earnest.


  1. 1
    Labour supporter says:

    Right wingers. Please listen

    I have just been to Scotland, and Scottish people are considering voting no BECAUSE OF UKIP. They are scared of their extreme English nationalism. Please can you UKIP and right wing tories shut up for the next three weeks, so we the NO side can win. I want the No side to win. I do not want a civil war in Scotland or a war between Scotland and England.
    Message to UKIPERS and right wing tories keep stoom for the next 3 weeks to keep our country together. You lot are scaring the Scots into breaking up the union.

    Up with Scotland
    Up with the UK.

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    Cameron is a fool says:

    Well said Skinner.

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    The British media are cunts says:

    Fuck off most of the English want you lot to piss off.

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    The British media are cunts says:

    First time Skinner said anything useful, although he might want to remember who took us to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  5. 5
    1,400 says:

    We’re still waiting for justice…

  6. 6
    Margaret Hodge says:


    When are you going to hand back Shergar? When you get that priest’s cock out of yer arse?

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    Nigel's Father says:

    Dear Labour Supporter,

    Thr sooner we get rid of the f****ing Scots, the sooner we get to run our own country again, by keeping f****ing Labour out of Westminster.

    Once we get shot of the kilts, we’ll vote en masse for UKIP, and grab our own Nation back from bloody Europe.

    More Power to Rangers, when they regain their rightful place at the top!
    Bollocks to Scotland
    The UK is ours!

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    Anonymous says:

    I hope the Scots vote yes.

    Vote UKIP

    Vote Labour for a United States of Europe without a vote
    Vote Liberal Democrat for a United States of Europe without a vote.
    Vote Conservative(Daves Liberal tory party) for a United States of Europe without a vote.(Our Dave isn’t gonna win so he won’t be PM)

    Vote UKIP to leave the European Union in its entirety.

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    ex-Butler-Schloss Inquiry says:

    Hello? Am I on yet?

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    Anonymous says:

    Parliament is Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

    Since Blair, Brown and Cameron this gets replaced by:-

    Parliament is Government of the people by the politicians, for the politicians, f u ck the people!

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    RomaBert... says:

    It’s a big “Yes” and a big thumbs up from me today :)

  12. 12
    Margaret Hodge says:

    “Scottish people are considering voting no BECAUSE OF UKIP”

    Do you even faintly believe anything you say?

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    Egg Butty says:

    We wouldn’t be too devastated if the Scots go: they don’t like the English too much, so get on with it.

    Better vote for independence, ‘because you’ll never get another chance to do so.

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    Ed Militwerp says:

    Mithter Thpeaker, thith ith a cotht of clerking cwithith. Too far, too fatht.

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    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    Go sell mangoes

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    Anonymous says:

    Vote Labour get Merkel
    Vote Lib Dem get Merkel
    Vote our Dave’s Liberal Tory party get Merkel ,Juncker et al

    Vote UKIP, leave the EU and get your country back.

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    Londoner says:

    Scottish people have been disproportionately favoured by a political system which is skewed in their favour. At its most extreme, in Westminster elections one Scottish vote can be weighted to be the equivalent of 5 English votes.

    If they expect people in England to put up with that, they are being rather silly.

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    weasel man / weasel words says:

    Bercow does bashful?

    And Sally- Sleepy, Happy, Doc, Dopey, Sneezy,and Grumpy?

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    Norway says:

    We like our relationship the the EU…bet you’re jealous

  20. 20
    Sal E Bercow says:

    et Al

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    Scittish Voter says:

    Everyone put money on a YES vote down at you’re local bookies. It’s a racing certainty and you can still get 4-1.
    The British establishment are placing huge bets to keep the odds long, they’re private polling is also showing a YES win (if the NO was well ahead we’d be inundated with poll data). It’s been very quiet on the Polling front recently?

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    The House of Commons says:

    We did !

  23. 23
    Labour supporter says:

    You are not English you are fraud to goad Scots into leaving.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    and Donky (dick)

  25. 25
    Labour supporter says:

    Celtic are better than your club Rangers. Rangers will be out of business again soon.
    Up with Scotland. Up with Celtic. Keep the UK together.

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    Democracy Now says:

    That’s democracy for you. You use the ballot box and you find out what people think.

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    cynic says:

    Not bashful more dopey

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    Milliband missed the bus says:

    Surprise ! three Bandwagons come along at the same time detrimental to Labour and Milliband manages to miss them all.

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    Chasing the Deer says:

    You should take a straw poll in England…most of the voters want rid of Scotland and it’s whingeing about hard done to it feels when it is proportionately better off thanks to the English Taxpayer and Salmond can blather on all he likes about the “Sovereign Will of the Scottish People” in demanding currency union …it’s NEVER gonna happen

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    Scittish Voter says:

    It is true,my daughter’s voting YES because of the last Euro elections with UKIP topping the poll.

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    No, we really aren't too bothered if Scotland leaves... says:

    I think you will find that on this side of the border, no-one really gives a shit. As long as you all pay the correct betting taxes before you go.

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    Labour says:

    Well to be fair its only the “wrong kind” of clerking crisis.

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    never surrender says:

    then they go on to contradict themselves
    “You lot are scaring the Scots into breaking up the union. “

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    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Going to vote UKIP, if the Scots have a mind of their own they will vote YES, if the Scots vote NO they will deserve what the Conservatives have ready for them the day after polling, I wish the English had a choice.

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    Buckingham Voter says:

    Next time I see the sanctimonious little twerp in Buckingham Tesco’s I shall offer a modest pause before punching him in the face.

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    No, we really aren't too bothered if Scotland leaves... says:

    Your daughter’s voting YES because in your family’s case stupidity is genetic.

  37. 37
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Unsubstantiated nonsense. The plain facts are:

    – Scotland has 59 MPs out of 650, Englas has 523 out of 650.

    – The last three Laboour governments, 1997, 2001 and 2005, were all elected with large Labour majorities in England alone, so were nothing to do with how Scotland voted.

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    Moley says:

    How long did it take to speak the whole of the Scottish electorate, or was your fact finding mission limited just to Auntie?

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    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Unsubstantiated nonsense. The plain facts are:

    – Scotland has 59 MPs out of 650, Englas has 523 out of 650.

    – The last three Laboour governments, 1997, 2001 and 2005, were all elected with large Labour majorities in England alone, so were nothing to do with how Scotland voted.

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    Cpl Hicks says:

    That’s right, it was entirely the fault of the Tories and in particular Fatcher.

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    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Untrue. Polls in England show that, as in Scotland, people are in favour of the Union by about 2 to 1.

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    Anonymous says:

    Do you have a stutter?

  43. 43
    Back to basics says:

    As you say, you are so very obviously a Labour supporter. You can think of nothing better than others keeping out of your way. You think you speak for a nation? You speak for yourself and others are entitled to their own opinion

    The Scots must go and do their worst. At long last, they will prove their worth. And Camercon will be gone. And Scottish (Labour) seats wil go – just watch that legislation hit the Commons order of business 30 seconds after they vote yes!

    Salmons has grossly overplayed his hand and he deserves his rewards.

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    bergen says:

    Just so long as it isn’t 51/49 No because it’ll then rumble on for months/years. I hope that the Scots vote no but I’d rather that yes won if it takes that to draw a line under it.

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    Anonymous says:

    That’s good, can you please encourage more and more of your family and friends to vote yes? You see the English can’t vote on this so do your best love.

    A very grateful UKIP English voter.

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    A cheeky git says:

    The Scots won’t vote YES, they have too much invested in benefits.

  47. 47
    Labour supporter says:

    Oh Poor little England. it only has the head of states over dozens of countries and is the main partner with a sea on the UN. Poor little England.
    Up with the UK
    Up with Scotland.
    Up with Glasgow Celtic FC

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    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    3p off income tax rate if they go – do the maths

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    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Untrue. Polls in England show that, as in Scotland, people are about 2 to 1 in favour of maintaining the Union. With regard to tax, in general, the higher public spending in Scotland is about offset by the revenue raised from Scottish waters. Parts of England and rUK also receive higher public spending than others, including Scotland, though that is not visible when you average spending across the whole of England, as the who seek to lie and spread division love to do.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Every little helps…

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  52. 52
    Dougie says:

    May I point out that, much to Salmond’s surprise, UKIP polled over 10% in Scotland in the May 2014 Euro elections. It is also of note that the combined UKIP and Tory vote share was within 1.5% of the SNP vote share, which was less than 29%. Scotland is not as anti-right wing as people think.

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    fhip says:

    They only had to throw it open so that England could vote and your Labour Party would be toast and we would finally be free of a Scottish blight that, in 13 years, did more harm to this country’s structure than potato blight did to the Irish in the 1840’s. Fcuk the Scottish and the labour party and good riddance.

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    Snow White says:

    I thought 7-up was a fizzy drink until I met Sally

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    Vote for progress! says:

    I am a Labour supporter but I hope Tories win abd Scotland votes yes. Britain cannot afford a Miliband and Balls government. Labour needs another Blair!

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    Freedom my arse says:

    You lot will vote no quite simply because your are a bunch of chicken shits too scared to peep out behind the skirts of the Union flag

    So why don’t you just quit bitching like you have for the last 300 fucking years. No doubt Mel Gibson is already lining up the film rights of how we the English with no vote oppressed you chicken shits with the vote to stay in the union against your will.

    Just Do us all a big massive favour pnec and for all and vote yes!!!!!

    then FUCK OFF.

  58. 58
    Cpl Hicks says:

    The jocks don’t have the balls to vote yes. End of argument.

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    Merry Old England says:

    The vote is a win-win for England.

    If the Scots vote Yes, we get less tax drain, less chance of a Labour government, and a lot less whining.

    If the Scots vote No, we can take the piss out of them for the next thousand years, and the joy of watching Salmond fly the Argie flag and try to find a currency. It’ll be a laugh a minute.

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    Easy Ejects says:

    Vote the rebuild Hadrian wall party

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    Tip of the Iceberg says:

    you are gonna wait a while

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    Hear All See All says:

    UKIP has a legitimate voice in Scotland.In Euros they received 150k votes = 10.5% of the turnout, very broad %age fairly evenly distributed in the regions.
    Local press etc may report NO to win, but individual’s comments below online articles seem to infer all is not necessarilly as it seems.

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    A cheeky git says:

    I don’t really think we are jealous of Norway apart from making sure your country got maximum for it’s oil and didn’t piss the oil revenues on corrupt politicians and lies, we want our country to say hiya Europe how’s it going, we have new kit to sell you and we see you have some kit to sell us how about a deal, not the EU telling us we can’t have light bulbs and vacuum cleaners and can’t drive diesel cars, in other words telling us how to live, we were the sales country to the world, but since 1974 we are just the buyers of the trash, our industry was never replaced because of the EU, the sooner UKIP get in, the medicine will be nasty but our health will improve over the years without the death grip of the EU dragging us down.

  64. 64
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Owen Jones,I know I should respect your opinion but I find that difficult because you’re a fucking idiot.

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    Norway says:

    can’t say “with”. It’s a speech impediment.

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    Londoner says:

    The Western isles constituency had an electorate of 21,837 in the last election. Most English constituencies are at three times as big. The Isle of Wight has one MP elected by 110,924 people.

    The FACTS are that one vote in the Western Isles is the equivalent of 5 in the isle of Wight. The Conservative Andrew Turner was returned to Parliament with 32,717 votes, more than the entire electorate of the Western Isles. The runners up were Liberal Democrat Anthony Rowlands with 19,739 votes and Labour’s Mark Chiverton who received 11,484 votes but they did not get into parliament.

    A mere 6,723 votes were sufficient in the Western islea for Angus MacNeil to become their elected representative in Westminster for the Scottish Nationalist Party.

    Ah, you may say, but this is a situation caused by anomolies of the boundaries anthese can be corrected by the Boundary Commission. No they can’t. The In 2011, the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act was introduced, which institutionalised this anti-democratic, anti-English discrimination and barred this constituency from ever being merged with any other constituency. The principle of ‘one man one vote’ is dead. Pandering to Scottish nationalism has brought back the rotten boroughs and unequal votes.

  67. 67
    rick says:

    The loss of 59 Labour MPs sounds good to me.

  68. 68
    BerkCow says:

    her fave tipple is

    7 up with a lot of Leachers

  69. 69

    Money talks, bullsh!t walks. Are you sure Canada ?

    Cue: Harper’s #2 reason after Keystone XL as to why Canada will suck.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Alex Salmond says:

    The SNP should cease to exist after the vote:
    Either independence is taken or rejected: no more purpose for SNP.

    But they won’t. Assuming a No a new set of demands will be drawn up and th whole tedious process will be repeated indefinitely.

    If they vote yes all the important stuff will be decided by politicians together

  71. 71

    Everything about your post – grammar, syntax, content – shows you are some sort of foreigner anyway. You were not born and/or brought up here. So what your agenda is, is anyone’s guess. And you might like to use the word “schtum”. On the basis that your attempt – “stoom” – doesn’t f’ucking exist and makes you sound even more like some sort of enraged baboon given the contents of a Scrabble bag to play with

  72. 72
    Vote Ukip, Get Labour. says:

    Hope you don’t have any savings, investments or pension plan because Labour decimate them.

    Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face, vote to stop Labour.

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    Hear All See All says:

    There is also a fair bit of critisism of Labour in Scotland

  74. 74
    Vote Ukip, Get Labour. says:

    Cut off you nose to spite your face, eh?

    Vote to stop Labour. Vote to protect your pension, savings and investments.

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    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    Oh the irony, just went to read the Dan Hodges piece in the Mail on the muslime problems in this country, and lo, there are no comments allowed!

    Isn’t that one of the corner stones of the problem: We were/are not allowed a voice on the subject.

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    Vote Ukip, Get Labour. says:

    Every vote that is not cast to stop Labour helps Ed Miliband become PM and Ed Balls become chancellor. Savings and pensions are at risk and there are more important issues at the next election than wilfully cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    Find out who is best placed to beat Labour locally and vote for them instead.

  77. 77
    Dougie Carswell says:

    The easiest way to deal with returning jihadis is to make sure they don’t comeback alive.

  78. 78
    Hear All See All says:

    So why the devil are you a Labour supporter?

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    Pte Frasier says:

    > The last three Laboour governments, 1997, 2001 and 2005 …

    Yes yes yes. But the current government has a majority of Tories in England but not in the UK parliament, and Jockland could easily give Labour a majority in 2015: No “Things can only get better” media-blair-gullable-public love-in these days.

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    Vote Ukip, Get Labour. says:

    A waste of a vote, Ukip cannot stop Labour. They can only stop the Tories.

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    Hear All See All says:

    Give it up – it just doesn’t work.

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    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    The sinews of war are money.

  83. 83
    Silence of the imams says:

    Where are these Muslim leaders confronting the problems of radicalised young Muslims in the UK?

  84. 84
    Pte Frasier says:

    “Poor little England”

    We’re happy enough

    refer you to the whiny bastard who started this thread: you.

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    never surrender says:

    load of old bollocks statement from Southampton hospital. Saying the obvious and admitting nothing

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    rick says:

    @ Freedom my arse

    I cannot fault your analysis.

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    Tusk Tusk says:

    Another anniversary worth remembering….

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    Wee Jimmy Krankie says:

    > that is not visible when you average spending across the whole
    > of England, as the who seek to lie and spread division love to do

    That is because that is how it would work if Scotland fucked off, you fucking moron. Rich areas in England will subsidise poor areas in England (ie Taffs and Micks), but we shan’t have to subsidise Scotland, so rich and poor areas in England will be better off

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    Anonymous says:

    I’m not making any political points here,I know most on here couldn’t care less about Scots or Scotland and you’ve enough grief of your own. The point I’m making is that 800k pound bets are being placed on NO down in London to lengthen the odds on YES and male it look like a NO win. While up here the bookies have limited YES bets to 50 pounds. Any gambler here whether UKIP or otherwise can make a killing at the establishments expense.

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    Cerdic says:

    Getting your dwarfs crossed, Guido? This was less Bashful and more Dopey!

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    Freedom says:

    Exactly. The MSM never learns.

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    Anonymous says:

    Europe,again, is in the hands of the Germans.

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    Anonymous says:

    today you must say “Persongoes” or you risk being labelled sexist. Don’t do it again or you will be prosecuted.

  94. 94

    No, Norway, because we’ll leave the EU sooner or later and either way we’ll remain ENGLISH, but whether YOU’RE in or out, YOU’LL always be fuck’ing…NORWAY!!

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    Blairite Social Democrat says:

    I can identify with that. It’s hard to explain. Not a natural Tory, Labour instincts generally, but finds the current Labour leadership – as in 1983, 1987, 1992 and 2010, dangerous for the country. In the interests of political decency, sometimes better to elect the opponents in the interests of the country and even the party!

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    tabblenabble03 says:

    Most of the people in Danzig in 1939 were German speakers and wanted reunification with Germany.

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    Anonymous says:

    I place my vote for who I want. Why don’t you just fuck off telling people how to vote. If you want a United States of Europe without a vote then go ahead and vote liblabcon. There is no difference, they are all the same, ruled any way by the EU.

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    Wee Jimmy Krankie says:

    Such as over 10% of Jocks voting UKIP

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    non taxable pikey says:

    I believe your first statement is the Politicians interpretation of something by J S Mill from his treatise “On Liberty.” Politicians from Lincoln, through Fatcher and beyond have been plagiarising it since he wrote the correct version.

    “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, with equal representation.”

    The last 3 words of that are anathema to Politicians.

  100. 100

    They don’t like it up ‘em……

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    St George says:

    And I’ll always be a Turk

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    non taxable pikey says:

    Hello Norway, sorted out your Isl_aam immigrant problem yet?

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    St George says:

    Doesn’t that mean people in London are confident in a “No” vote?

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    Bill Quango MP says:

    Its an odd piece for a ex-labour man to write.
    He’ll have the entire lefty establishment after him now.

    Yasbin. Polly Pot. Germaine Glare. Penny Dread. Owhinge Jones. Shameful Milne. George Moonbat.

    He won’t be able to shop in an Islington deli without disapproving stares, scornful tuts and the odd paving stone being sent in his direction from the moral guardians of the nation’s thoughts.

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    1979 was good then?! says:

    So Jim Callaghan was “decent” for Britain then?!

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    Clacton: UKIP.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Adolf the dude says:

    And the ones that weren’t were soon dead.

    Isis atyle.

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    The 2% GDP level has been spoken about since the late 90s and Canada’s 1% is not the lowest, but is certainly below average.

    It is not an arbitrary figure either.

    In her defence, Canada does meet its other NATO commitments well. This has more to do with H’arper being annoyed with O’bama still about K’eystone XL. Only real problem there: Canada counted its chickens before the eggs were hatched.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  109. 109

    The fu’cking Sweaties won’t vote Yes to independence because they are all, to a man, CUN’TS.

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    A cheeky git says:

    Lol, Bliar should be in a Dutch prison waiting trial on an illegal war, we keep a bunk free just for him.

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    Keep Miliband & Balls out! says:

    Compared to Milihollande and Ballsup, Callaghan and Healey were decent for Britain yes. Preferred Thatcher, Tebbit, Britton, Heseltine, Howe and Lawson though!

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    Bill Quango MP says:

    And a little Grumpy

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    A cheeky git says:

    I reckon we should send the Libcraps out to the new Caliphate to tell those naughty so called Brit ISIS lads off before they arrive home to a band and waving black flags, they really have been nasty to the people of Syria and Iraq and really deserve a telling of.

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    Horrible man – if he is any of the dwarves he is certainly not bashful

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    You’re missing the point. Islam is the problem, not whether you’re a fanatic or a “moderate”. A fanatic is someone who wants Islam imposed everywhere ASAP by any means necessary. A “moderate” isn’t a nicer or “better” Mus’lim, simply a more patient one!!!
    If I can make a base, but nevertheless apt analogy: it doesn’t matter whether it’s the strongest whisky available or just lager – it’s all alcohol and the potential for alcohol-fuelled violence, or for alcoholism, is there whichever you drink. Being teetotal (atheist) sorts the whole c’unting mess out at a stroke. Ever heard of an atheist beheading someone, because the person was religious? Or because the atheist believed their lack of belief in God was better than someone else’s lack of belief in God? Sigh……organised religion? I SHI’T ON IT.

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    Stingray fan says:

    So you do not want a debate then. Hardly cricket, eh, what!

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    A cheeky git says:

    So Liebour get in, it’s the way it goes, the braindead will always vote Liebour until their benefits are cut, Liebour will do that and cut pensions, they will be finished as a political party after that,just as the are finished as a political party for the worker slaves.

    Still you can always vote UKIP, the Conservatives with Cameron in charge will be finished in 2015, he’s hated up North and if Scotland vote NO then the hate for Salmond will drive the Scots to vote Liebour, it’s the way it goes.

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    Armchair Civilian says:

    Very right.

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    Anonymous says:

    So, is Bercow is uppity little Hunt or not?

    That statement was a bit bland

    I can’t stand Bercow, He’s so pompous and pumped up he ought to explode.

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    Potty says:

    Not if you are a conspiracy theorist who thinks ‘the establishment’ places bets to influence the way gamblers vote. If indeed, they do vote.

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    A cheeky git says:

    It’s easy to vote UKIP no strain, Cameron has decided he wants to be in the EU, he was careful what he said about the EU in the 2010 general election, his local MP got in because she lied, it turned out she voted to be deeply in the EU, end, never will I vote Conservative again, Cameron has lied and lied for the last 4 years, he can lie his head off until May 2015 for all I care I will vote UKIP.

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    Scotland can fuck off says:


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    A cheeky git says:

    Bercow is a nothing trying to be something, write nasty comments about him will only make him happy because he thinks he made the grade, the grade he has made is bloody rough.

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    Jim says:

    The debate in Scotland is all about hating the English and throwing eggs or wanting to live the life in Scotland 700 years ago.
    After what we have lived through together the English expected more than that.

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    Jim says:

    I understand his facts and timeline were completely incorrect.

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    Jim says:

    Your daughter needs to widen her outlook.
    Scotland 700 years ago was not a nice place for young women, or old ones come to that.

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    Jim says:

    There are no English in London anymore.

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    Throg says:

    Me thinks that this is a long shot for Comment of the Day

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    Anonymous says:

    Two more little mouths to feed –
    Or should that be two more Big mouths to feed

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    Jim says:

    They think they can walk away from their Debts , but still keep their Pensions. That is about as far as the thinking goes I afraid.
    Always follow the money.

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    cupertino says:

    As an Englishman of Scots descent I have been a Better Together supporter but like many others I would now like the Scots to go it alone and learn a few lessons.

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    ron Vibbentrop says:

    Only and I mean ONLY downside to the YES vote is that the price of scotch will rocket as we will have to pay duty on each bottle, and in fact duty on everything they make and do.

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    Maybe. But you ll certainly lose your Scottish Labour seats in the Labour total if they vote FOR independence . !!

    would effectively be a poor mans Boundary Changes !!!

    Stick that in your sporran and eat it with Scotch Mist.

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    UK Fred says:

    Did any of them live long enough to become old?

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    Local Church fete organiser says:

    Put you down as a maybe, then?

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    OK Guido .

    So now I kniw I am touching a very very sensitive nerve .

    What is it ?

    Reference to the name Bar-Hilel or perhaps …..

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    Ahhh so it s NOT the name Bar-Hilel….

    Is it therefore reference to Brother Nathaniel or perhaos ….

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    United Kamikazee Idiots Parteh says:

    I don’t want anything to do with the EU but I know by voting UKIP then I can’t stop Milliband.
    It really is quite simple UKIP cannot win a majority this time round but if the Tories don’t and Labours in then we will always be the EUSSR

    Guess you will just have to see your fuckwittery the hard way. Trouble is you morons in UKIZp take us all down with you Huntz!

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    Ahh so it IS that site .

    Disprove all other avenues Watson then that one which remaibs must be the true path to solve the case etc etc .

    Well ok . But have a look anyway . Highly eruditional.

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    Not Duped says:

    The perceived “silence” is largely due to the ZioLoon controlled media simple not publishing their comments.

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    Feckless Eck says:

    Feenian c*unt. Fucking taigh. No surrender ya feenian bastard.

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    Not Duped but a total c'unt says:

    Has anyone ever worked out why I’m such an anti-Semitic, heavy fluoride tw@?

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    For some strange reason, I immediately don’t believe a word you say.

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    Skinny Malinky Long Legs says:

    I was a definite no. Now I read Labour C’unts’R’Us will lose 59 seats. If that’s true the Jocks can fukc off and die especially as the stupid rule omitting all expat Jocks from a vote is the sort of democracy the leftie twats favour.

    PS Milliballs polling 35% = 65% don’t want the wankers

    Bercow? Don’t like either of them but she can bend over and offer her services while he bends over and shows his contempt on the town hall steps.

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    Al Bag Daddy - Satanist extraordinary says:

    Labour supporter for all your sloganising you really support socialism above all else (except maybe Celtic).
    – You know that with a YES vote there will be 4.5 million fewer votes to stay in the EU if there were to be a referendum.
    – You know that wihtout the gerrymandered Scottish votes the rump UK is unlikely to have a socialist government for a long time.
    – You are not interested in a socialist Scotland

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    Hear All See All says:

    A labour supporter who criticizes four, yes four labour administrations as well as the current crowd, and still cannot open his eyes to the bleeding obvious.
    It’s time you spent ten minutes in a darkened room , by yourself and thought long and hard about your inner self. If you still come out supporting labour, no offence, but I think you might consider seeking medical advice.
    It has taken me many years, but I have become a member of a political party for the first time in my life after a spell voting None etc.
    Very invigorating it is too.

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    My ISAs are ready to be converted into Swiss francs at the first whiff of a Labour win. either that or buy gold .

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    English Heretic says:

    So let me interpret, those fine upstanding patriotic Scottish nationalists have forced a vote on the union because they hate the English but the English have to keep stoom about everything everywhere because, well, you’re English bastards and you’re all extremists, innit.

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    UK Fred says:

    They’ll still vote LieMore even after their benefits are cut.

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    UK Fred says:

    Like his missus.

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    Colonel P says:

    Lovin’ the dwarf jokes.

    We know he’s not Happy. He’s just done Bashful. I am sure that he has done Grumpy a few times too. I doubt he’s Dopey. Perhaps he’s Sneezey?

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    Anonymous says:

    “This is the first stage of what he hopes will be an orderly retreat.”
    Alternatively this could turn out to be the beginning of the end for self-defeating faux renditions of reality, with a charge toward testable reality itself. Dear John, Please explain in detail the nature of your cerebral narrative. So that the rest of us may glimpse the worldview seen through your eyes. We could then begin to question it, along with those belonging to ISIS and others. To determine how many elementary queries it takes to cause its toes to turn skyward.

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    Dave the pleb says:

    Most English are sick of you lot anyway and will be glad to be rid of you. We subsidise you lot to the tune of £1,600 per capita per annum. You can say up with Scotland and that is Ok. If I say Up with England you call me a Neo-Nazi racist fascist.

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    … along with personsteens and persondarinds

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    * persondarins…

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    tallrite says:

    I don’t think “Labour Supporter” is English either; his poor command of written English suggests not. Are you a in fact a semi-literate agent provocateur from the Scottish Highlands?

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