September 4th, 2014

Gallery Guido: Will Bercow Chair Debate on His Own Conduct?

And that’s the end of the matter, the Speaker told the House. “Til Monday!” Michael Fabricant cheerfully called out.

Clerkgate has a long way to go yet.

William Hague, the new Leader of the House answered Simon Burns’ question about the status of the Mills appointment letter. He revealed that the Speaker had written to Downing St earlier in the week to ask for a further delay.

The Speaker didn’t quite conceal his feelings that his private correspondence was being aired like this.

Because it’s not what he told Burns yesterday “with crystal clarity”. He had said instead that it wasn’t for him to withdraw the letter.

His legalistic wriggling is such that the House is entitled to question everything he says.

Rob Wilson asked Hague about the role of head hunters Saxton Bampfylde, suggesting that they had failed in their due diligence or had been prevented from issuing proper caveats about Ms Mills.

Hague said something important. This question could be raised next Wednesday in the debate entitled Governance of the House and the role of the Clerk.

The Speaker will want to chair that debate in order to rule such observations out of order. He desperately needs to close down debate, block questions, restrict scrutiny. He has such a conflict of interest he shouldn’t be anywhere near that debate.

Will he, for instance, get one of his supporters to table a wrecking amendment, select it, and hope that his ally Rosie Winterton can whip it hard enough to vote the committee out of existence?

Let’s see.

Hague further said he would raise the matter at the House of Commons Commission meeting on Monday. That too is significant. Normally, Commission meetings are closely guarded.

Yes, there’s a lot of meat on this carcase yet.

We haven’t even got to Points of Order yet. Burns and Fabricant are closing in. Report to follow. 


  1. 1
    Maire de Calais says:

    Expulser tous les immigrés en Angleterre!

  2. 2
    Dee Lusional says:


  3. 3
    idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Bercow has to go.

  4. 4

    Looks like pan-Islamism vs. Nationalism is on for !ndia:

    AQ seem to have changed their tune a bit.

    For !ndia this situation is what cost the British many sleepless nights, especially after the assassination of Mayo.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  5. 5
    Sock Rat Ease says:


  6. 6
    Dorkass says:

    My bum is numb from your posts. Give it a rest eh?

  7. 7
    English public says:

    Votre problème.

  8. 8
    Dorkass says:

    Reply to #4.

  9. 9
    Dorkass says:

    WTF? Replying promotes me to top level.

  10. 10
    Maire de Calais says:

    Pas pour longtemps.

  11. 11
    Churchill says:

    EU pro funded troll is a mystery wrapped in enigma smeared with shit then rolled in oats.

  12. 12
    Farage says:


  13. 13
    Mark Oaten says:

    I’ll have some of that!

  14. 14
    Sally Bercow says:

    Another hard day in the chamber?
    Oh my poor baby come stand on this ladder and let me rub your shoulders.

  15. 15
    Maimed Codger says:

    now who does this remind one of ?

  16. 16
    Sally in her Alley says:

    I agree

  17. 17
    Auntie Mavis says:

    Is Saxton Bampfylde a small village in Wiltshire?

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    I have neither eyes to see says:

    The time has come for a serious Vote of No Confidence in Mr Speaker. Bercow has sadly and not learnt from Speaker Lenthall, and his wise words, the only similarity is that Speaker Lenthall “was held in little honour by his contemporaries, and was universally regarded as a time-sever. Unfortunately he was called by the irony of fate to fill a great office, in which, governed constantly by fears for his person and estate, he was seduced into a series of unworthy actions” But enough of Mrs Bercow.

  20. 20
    The Guardian says:

    The more the merrier, how can you say no you heartless Tories!!!!!

  21. 21
    The Guardian says:


  22. 22
    Persona non grata says:

    Since subtlety doesn’t work with Russians, the president and his European counterparts should also make absolutely clear that we have no interest whatever in how these people solve their Putin problem. If they can talk good old Vladimir into leaving the Kremlin with full military honors and a 21-gun salute — that would be fine with us. If Putin is too too stubborn to acknowledge that his career is over, and the only way to get him out of the Kremlin is feet-first, with a bullet hole in the back of his head — that would also be okay with us.

  23. 23
    UNHCR says:

    What is it about being in France that they hate so much?

  24. 24
    Dougie Carswell says:

    Look lads you can #BoycottMuslimBusinesses all you want. more samosas, pakoras, kebab, tikka, saag & pilau rice for the rest of us.

  25. 25
    Reader says:

    Don’t be silly

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    No bennies and houses

  27. 27
    Anonymong says:

    No, no, no my dear boy.

    You don’t roll it in oats.

    You roll it in glitter…

  28. 28
    Someone Outside Westminster says:

    This is all very interesting, Guido, but at the end of the day, what does it have to do with the rest of the planet?

  29. 29
    The very lovely Alan Duncan says:

    Why Should Women Have All the Fun? 10 Weird Sex Toys For Men!

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    What I don’t understand is why he is going to such lengths. Has his new recruit got incriminating evidence or something?

  31. 31
    Bob the builder says:

    What odd’s will anyone give he announces he will be standing down at the next election 2015??

  32. 32
    melvin says:

    Yes, it’s quite close to Merely Wittering.

  33. 33
    Persona non grata says:

    It’s a direct quote. Do you think they don’t mean it?

  34. 34
    Maire de Calais says:

    Les Français.

  35. 35
    A foul mouth on a pretty face says:

  36. 36
    Happy Monday says:

    Why would the Russians depose a leader who as far as they are concerned is a patriot who puts his country first.
    I agree he is not our cup of tea but not everyone else in the world including Russia by the look of it subscribes to our ‘western’ way of life.
    I don’t even think I subscribe to our new ‘western way of life either.

  37. 37
    A Speaker of all the parts says:

    So that means. Bercow can go f#*k himself?

  38. 38
    In defence of Cameron says:

    He’s a wanker…what do you expect?.

  39. 39
    Owen Jones says:

    It’s a failing socialist state?

  40. 40
    Oliver Cromwell says:

    He’s just an arrogant man.

    Can’t stand the idea of not getting his own way. He probably didn’t start out thinking he’d be putting his job, career and reputation on the line over this Australian woman, but being a bit of a twit and a show-off, and after becoming all defensive (and possible dishonest) when challenged by people he refuses to lose face to, he’s got himself into a position he just can’t back out of. So, it’s all down the pan from here on in.

  41. 41
    Shoot illegal immigrants says:

    Simon Mayo?

  42. 42

    No – The 6th Earl who was killed in Port Bla!r…,_6th_Earl_of_Mayo

    A while back, but much surrounding this relevant to understanding what is happening today.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  43. 43
    Dougie Carswell says:

    Told ya so !!!

    Senior Tories are so worried about defections to UKIP, they’re monitoring MPs’ use of the party’s electoral database

  44. 44
    non taxable pikey says:

    ECB cuts rates, Euro dives, and the Mong in number 10 still thinks it’s a good thing to allow QMV on Nov 1st.

  45. 45
    Shoot illegal immigrants says:

    You eat all the roadkill you like, mate.

  46. 46
    Grauniad reader says:

    Yes, all those jumping on the backs of lorries are, no doubt, trained doctors, scientists and engineers who will enrich us greatly.

  47. 47
    Oliver Cromwell says:

    They should be monitoring its use anyway. Members of the public would be horrified if they knew the kinds of things the main political parties record about them on their databases.

  48. 48
    Michael Fabricated says:

    The word is “knob” Isabel, not “nob”.

  49. 49

    To take P’alestine, IS would require presence both to the north and the south.

    Egypt may also be on the menu.

    (Think of Go strategy, and this becomes clear : Scatter your stones carefully in order to form Atari)

    Vote UKIP :-D

  50. 50
    1,400+ says:

    They certainly enriched us!

  51. 51
    Yorkie Bar Man says:

    I ‘ad a nobel prize winner hiding in the back of the wagon in Calais the other day. Cheeky fucker. I told ‘im. Go and claim asylum in France yer bastard, I said. Off you get. To be fait, he got off. Even a nobel prize winner knows that a tyre iron can do. Now fuck off, I said. If you’re so fucking clever, go tell the mayor of Calais why this side of the channel is such a shithole.

  52. 52
    táxpáyér says:

    Is it where Kingston Bagpuize Recruitment is based?

  53. 53
    Maggie's Ghost says:

    Non! Non! Non!

  54. 54
  55. 55
    Elmer says:

    Enough’s enough and an oeuf’s an egg!

  56. 56
    Maggie's Ghost says:

    Bercow is a dead ringer for Hengist Pod

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    He wont go,so chuck him out.

  58. 58
  59. 59
    English public says:

    Toujours rien à voir avec nous embourbons off

  60. 60
    jgm2 says:

    And MSG. Don’t forget the MSG.

  61. 61
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The Tories should bring in 3 new bills to parliament in the run-up to the general election and dare Liebore and the FibDemons to vote them down.

    1. Immediate abolition of the telly tax to ease the cost of living on the poor and squeezed middle.

    2. Freeze the council tax for a further 5 years to ease the cost of living for the poor and squeezed middle (No loop holes allowed by councils, they must by law freeze the council tax).

    3. Bring in a new crime of public sector manslaughter, so that relatives of those abused at Stafford hospital can take legal action (special legal aid fund available) against those responsible and have them jailed.

    If the bills pass then the Tories get all the credit.

    If Liebore/FibDemons vote these bills down then the Tories will have a big stick with which to beat them in the election campaign.

    Also the Tories should run an updated version of their brilliantly successful 1992 tax bombshell campaign :-)

  62. 62

    M. Fabricant: I come to bury Caesar not to praise him:

  63. 63
    Shoot illegal immigrants says:

    So, the Mayor of Calais wants our help? I guess we could send a couple of Gatling guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

  64. 64
    Bellum says:


  65. 65
    Cpl Hicks says:

    This is a politics blog and this particular section is the “parliamentary sketch.” If you were trying to find out who got kicked out of big brother last night I suggest you try another site.

  66. 66

    Sky report worth watching:

    Some analysis:


    Vote UKIP :-D

  67. 67
    Yorkie Bar Man says:

    Closing Calais is a splendid idea.

  68. 68
    RomaBert... says:

    Little man syndrome :)

  69. 69
    anonymous says:

    You don’t get work in France without your ‘papiers’.

  70. 70
    RomaBert... says:

    Gary looks a little brown…. is ‘e a piklistanley?

  71. 71
    RomaBert... says:

    Time for the little wazzock to go…. FFS go now!

  72. 72
    RomaBert... says:

    Excellent post!

  73. 73
    Henry V says:

    If the good mayor wants to rejoin the kingdom, she should wait until we have got rid of the Scots.

  74. 74

    Oh Ja. Zis is a vell-known syndrome called “Zer little Hunt is zer bag”. Zer little Hunt is zo used to getting zer own way sat zey finally get picked up by zer ballocks und stuffed into zer bag. Zis is zen zipped up und locked und put in zer bath. It is left to scream to itself until it stops screaming und smells. It is zen turned over to zer Police who vill say it was suicide. Everyone vill agree und go home happy.
    Ja, zer little Hunt in zer bag provides many hours of zer happy diversions.

  75. 75
    ? says:

    Why are the EU so keen to have the Ukraine as a member and not Turkey?
    Is it because Turkey is already a member of NATO and thus doesn’t require a bribe?
    Maybe Turkey should leave NATO just to see if that speeds up its application to join the EU.

  76. 76
    Jim says:

    Does ‘Cold Dead Hands’ ring a bell with anyone?

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Easily done.

    His party’s local association should let it be known that they’d like Boris Johnson to stand in his seat.

    Bercow, given his ego and pridem would not dare oppose him as an independent or any other party’s candidate.

    It benefits the HoC across the board, and his constituency get a better MP.

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps too late, I’d say.

    They also won’t win back many disenchanted supporters — those set to vote UKIP or not vote at all — unless they rule out a further alliance with LibDems.

    Cameron won’t do that, so I’d suspect he’s toast now,

  79. 79
    Peter Grimes says:

    More importantly you get fuck all in state handouts over there if you aren’t legal or local.

    Why doesn’t Boy Dave just tell Cloggy that he wants a qualifying period from 6 April next year for ALL benefits, in and out of work, of either five years full-time LEGAL employment here up to that date or 5 years schooling here.

    IF Cloggy doesn’t agree Boy Dave should buy a couple of golf balls to stuff in his boxers to pretend he has cojones and tell him he will go to the country on it.

  80. 80
    Graham Swift says:

    The sooner this incompetent little shit is removed as Speaker the better it will be for the Commons. He should also be the first Speaker never to be ennobled after leaving office. In fact that should have been the Scottish shit Gorbals Mick , another limited intelligence arsehole.

  81. 81

    Another blast from the Balkan past:

    Vote UKIP :-D

  82. 82
    Big Bother Eviction Special says:

    Which unknown Z-list chav will follow in the footsteps of George Galloway, Edwina Currie, Sally Bercow and Nadine Dorris?

    Yes, It’s Mr Chucka Ummana!

  83. 83
    Poor Little Johnny says:


  84. 84
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Snow White would be the right person to chair the debate, as she ticks all the boxes.

  85. 85
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Put it in the curry :-)

  86. 86
    Round the Bend says:

    Yes the University of Mogadishu has a world renown reputation.

  87. 87
    Butch Dave says:

    Like everything else from all parties, it will be a cast-iron-hoof promise at the next election, which unfortunately will not be able to be forced in the case of a hung parliament.

  88. 88
    Turn a Tina says:

    Go is a game for farmers, not hunters.

  89. 89
    Brown Eye PI says:

    Same shit, different day. The Tories should bring in a bill to have ‘Axe the telly tax’ euthanised.

  90. 90
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    Didn’t Sherlock solve that case and write it up in ‘The Sign of Four’?

  91. 91
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    Cilit Bang should do it, ask Barry Scott.

    Then shoot him, Barry Scott that is.

  92. 92

    This is a thread about – and specifically calculated to engender debate about – the machinations of our own government and in particular the wood-worm in human form that is Ber’cow. So, no, your own as-per-usual interjections about totally disassociate topics are completely fu’cking IRRELEVANT. And perhaps it’ll save both your time and mine if we take your “Vote UKIP” reply and my reply thereafter of “CU’NT” as givens.

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  94. 94
    ailes de poulet pour les débutants says:

    Un oeuf is as good as a feast.

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