September 4th, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Split the Role of the Speaker

In the FT yesterday, the Speaker developed his project to paint the outgoing Clerk Robert Rogers as a dusty old reactionary with his nose in Erskine May and wholly unsuited to managing £240m worth of public money. Therefore, his argument goes, the managerial functions of the Clerk should be taken away and given to a professional.

The Clerk’s management record will doubtless come out in the Back Bench debate but there’s no question Sir Robert put a lot of runs on the board, even for those modern teams of Inclusion and Diversity.

By contrast, the Speaker himself has never managed anything.

His staff turnover has been high, and at least one ex-employee, it is said, took six months off recovering from post-traumatic stress. His Public Engagement committee was ridiculous (see Guido passim). He is by many accounts an intrusive, mercurial, politically-driven meddler in every aspect of Palace life.

The one project we know he has managed – the appointment of a new Clerk – has been so spectacularly badly-done it may result in two or three law suits, a seven-figure compensation claim, and a complete re-run of the process from the beginning.

So, experience tells us that it isn’t the Clerk’s role that should be split but the Speaker’s. He should remain as the guarantor of parliamentary process, privilege and probity but all his management functions should be passed over forthwith to an existing in-house official who knows what he or she is doing.

A foul-mouthed bully with a penchant for megalomania and who contravenes all seven Nolan Principles of Public Life is not the model of a modern manager.


172 Comments

  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    He’s still not as shit or partisan as that Gorballs Mick c*unt before him.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 7
      Anonymous says:

      Give him time, give him time.

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      • 8
        jgm2 says:

        20 years to life should do it. In the absence of the death penalty.

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        • 132
          Django of Bunga Bunga says:

          Is it really necessary that the person presiding over the House of Commons is an MP? Surely a good zoo keeper who knows how to control monkeys could do an equally effective job. A bag of nuts and a bunch of bananas with someone like JohnnyMorris (remember him?) and the place would better run than it is now!

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      • 136
        The Growler says:

        Don’t forget he is a “tory” and Torwys always like to change the status quo much more than Liebore, the little fella wants to go down in history as a reforming Speaker. The Clerk of the HoC should be not a political appointment but a senior civil service appointment, as so should the deputy speakers, if procedure is what is all important, then the silly “procedure” of dragging a so called speaker elect to the speakers chair.

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    • 24
      As they say oop North says:

      Talk’s cheap.

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      • 34
        They know fuck all oop North - they vote Labour FFS says:

        But Twitter can really cost you. *** Innocent Face ***

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        • 50
          England says:

          9 year old kid on taking Nick Clegg apart.

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        • 55
          Totalitarian britain says:

          That’s bad really and the people are accepting it which is even badder.

          Twitter is no different from gossip but because a previous act of Parliament classed it as a publication it was decreed by the judges and accepted by our stupid Parliamentarians and chattering classes as not gossip so people get banged up and financially ruined for nothing more than hearsay.

          We have moved from a free country to a totalitarian country in only a few short years since New Labour came to power.

          Only this week we had doctors who are really just advisors, assuming that whatever they advised must be accepted by their public or they would call on the police to arrest those ignoring their advice, the Police, the Judiciary and the EU were complicit in this too.

          and what has Cameron done about it, in fact what Has Cameron done of any use since he became PM?

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          • M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

            Twitter is different from over-the-garden-fence gossip in two significant ways: it is recorded and it is published. Sally Bercow got everything she deserved. Free speech is one thing but spreading malicious lies about someone is quite another. It was not the state who pursued her but the private individual who was maligned, using the mechanism of the civil courts.

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          • Listen to the brainwashed says:

            You like your freedom of speech curtailed then. It’s sad, so sad that you and many others willingly accept it and accept the reasons given.

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          • M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

            Don’t be a whining pussy. Telling lies is not freedom of speech; telling the truth is.

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          • Get off your high Horse and consider some original thought. says:

            Bercow never told a lie, she just made a crap question type comment which she thought was funny. You would have had to have been the most gullible and thick person to have even fallen for it.

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        • 95
          NORTHERN SOUL says:

          Go fuck your mother , you southern twat !

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    • 110
      Zo Bing says:

      I think being sexually attracted to bullies is evil. It makes bullies win, and good guys lose.
      I am fed up with the why do good girls fancy bad boys phrase. The fact is if someone supports bullies they are evil, so good girls do not fancy bullies.
      Bullying is evil and is done by sadistic psychopaths to people they wrongly feel superior too.
      I am fed up with people who are s~xually attracted to bullies thinking they are doing something clever or romantic. What they are doing is making evil win.
      Then when you point out this some people claim you are dangerous for believing this. That is nonsense. The fact is most women who end up with wife beaters end up with them because they are attracted to evil violent men. No amount of sophistry can alter that. I have never hit a woman in my life, And I am proud of that. All the woman I slept with were over the age of consent how many men can say that.
      But I feel it is evil to support bullies.

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    • 115
      Anonymong says:

      Every day is a learning day.

      BRB. Searching google for “Nolan Principles of Public Life”..

      Cheers GF

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  2. 2
    Toxic Labour for Parasites, bring back the workhouses. says:

    On your bike Bercow!

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  3. 3
    suissebob says:

    Brutal piece. Lovely.

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  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Haven’t we had similar problems with little guys in France, Germany and Russia?

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  5. 5
    Silly Sally B13COW says:

    I use a magnifying glass on the Speaker.

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  6. 6

    It’s not the Speaker’s role that should be split, but the present incumbent.

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  7. 10
    nell says:

    I do hope UKIP are going to put up a candidate against him in his constituency in 2015 and I hope whoever that is wins. That will properly finish bercow off.

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  8. 11
    ORDER! says:

    Applause.

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  9. 12
    Speaker for the people says:

    The split that is most needed it seems is the Speaker job from Mr. Bercow.

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  10. 13
    'uman rights says:

    When will Jihadi john be heading home?

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  11. 14
    Dougie Carswell says:

    I can’t believe the entire South Yorkshire police force haven’t been arrested and charged with ‘Impersonating a Police Officer’.

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    • 21
      JUst an ordinary copper having a mug of tea and munching a packet of digestives says:

      Victims of crime are being “encouraged” to investigate offences themselves, an inspection of police forces in England and Wales has found.

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said criminal damage and car crime were “on the verge of being decriminalised” because forces had “almost given up”.

      In some cases victims were asked to check for CCTV or fingerprints.

      The Association of Chief Police Officers said austerity meant forces had to set priorities.

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    • 26

      They were doing exactly as Labour told them , there was no fear of being branded as racists the important thing was to keep the muslim postal votes rolling in.
      The cover up was carried out precisely BECAUSE the perpetrators are immigrants , after all the victims are only white English , a people that a leading member of the party , Jack Straw declared as worthless.

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      • 162
        Great Bake Off says:

        Well, what do you expect? You can hardly make a multi-culti meringue without breaking a few whites.

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    • 28
      Jimmy juranti says:

      Listening to a moan about plod yesterday, a car fire so you expect plod to close the area, one roundabout had 1 plod car which looked as if it had broken down, no signs up to say diversion , public can’t see fire as it’s over the brow of a hill, the copper was stopping the cars further up the road and doing people for not taking notice of a police diversion, all cars turned back and went down to the roundabout and started taking pictures of the plod car and the area, magistrates court is going to be busy in a month or so.

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  12. 15

    STILL BANGING ON ABOUT BERCOW .NOBODY GIVES A FUCK !
    Blame the stupid government for not kicking his arse out.

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    • 53
      C.O.Jones says:

      Too true. This whole scenario shows the spineless nature of troughing MP’s. They are all ensconced in a world of self interest and no one rocks the boat. No one has the spine to even point a finger, it just goes on and on.

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  13. 18
    gramma says:

    Guido, you are becoming a pygmyist.
    And I approve. ;)
    Keep up the good work and maybe even dwarf tossing can be introduced into the next Olympics.

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  14. 19
    Jimmy juranti says:

    Sounds like Bercow has a Napoleon complex, does it always happen to small people or just loud mouthed sh1ts like him, time he was put out to grass, still not worked out if he’s Liebor or Conservative, but I suppose it doesn’t matter any more, we just get the same, sameness, well maybe the 19th of this month could be the wakeup call for Parliament, but then the Scots are all gob and talk and will look towards their benefits and vote NO, by the way noticed the front page on the Record NO vote, more women, yes Darling including you, ordinary people, hangers on to the public teat

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  16. 25
    Not In My Name says:

    Ousted from his sinecure and out of parliament at the next election.

    Maybe he can try to be the next Gary Busy in Big Brother.

    Or maybe in the jungle, a cooking contest or celeb dancing.

    Much better suited to his talents

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  17. 27
    Anonymous says:

    LIKE IT!
    ;)

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  18. 30
    Nigel Farage says:

    Perhaps our leaders might consider Skype for their summits in future rather than the vast expense of visiting provincial towns?

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  19. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Bercow reminds me so much of that other smarmy c’unt, Jeffrey Archer. Similar in stature too!

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  20. 38

    The Commons spends over £6 million a year running such a basic function as pay and expenses, simply because MPs are too bent to be trusted with their own pocket money. How much more could they blow on the more complex function of providing office accommodation in a weird historic building, given the opportunity, is a question that, sadly, we may soon find answered to our disadvantage.

    Time to outsource it?

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    • 54
      Jimmy juranti says:

      For crying out loud that’s expensive, 640MPs and staff, 1000hangers on to the teat lords, even if it ends up with 2500 people, that can easily be outsourced and under HMRC control for half the price

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  21. 47
    RomaBert... says:

    This country is a f*cking mess and ineffective, change we need!

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  22. 51
    majorfrustration says:

    What a terrible man – Bercow that is. Its going to highlight the level of competency – or not- if our MPs cant get rid of him.

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  23. 56
    The Mayor of Calais says:

    We are bursting at the seams with migrants !

    Please Mr Cameron, can you take in a few more?

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    • 62
      Jimmy juranti says:

      Nothing to do with us, if they haven’t reported to your authorities then they are illegal send them back to what ever country they came through, remember when this country goes up in smoke because of the immigrants we have here then they will be back to suck on your country’s teat .

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    • 63
      jgm2 says:

      A golden opportunity presents itself.

      Just show up in a knackered old ferry. Allow them to ‘storm’ it and then sail them off down under armed guard to Saudi and kick them ashore in the land of Islamic sand and beheadings milk and honey.

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    • 64

      After Nov 1st the EU will simply order the UK ‘government ‘ to take them in , the mayor of Calais only needs to be patient for a couple of months ( she probably already knows ) , and her problem will be over .

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      • 81
        Jimmy juranti says:

        Time to build an immigration city in Camerons constituency, a big fence around it and all thoroughly checked out before they can be let loose, no benefits or housing until they work and pay back the expenses, if they are from safe countries, charge them the airfare and send them back, they all seem to have money to give to people to get them into this country , no documentation and no proof and them not prepared to help then the stay inside the city until they do, that’ll sort out the real ones who need help from the migrants who are here to rip the country off, human rights start when they leave the city.

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      • 83

        Then it’s time in November with six months to go for my big step forward. Such beautiful timing.

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    • 85
      Cash Cow Britain says:

      Had to laugh (or cry) listening to this morning’s R4 Toady prog when some Beeboid “journo” was interviewing one of the Calais migrants (that tried to storm the ferry yesterday) when she asked him why does he want to get to Britain.

      His answer was unsurprisingly “benefits and housing”.

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      • 142
        Fishy says:

        And the Froggies are pissed off with us because we are ‘more welcoming to immigrants in terms of providing benefits’. Making a Calais a magnet for those wanting to hop across the Channel and fill their boots.

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  24. 70
    Betty Boothroyd says:

    How courageous to cut off someone’s head whose hands are tied behind his back while you hide your identity? Kill these snakes.

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    • 76
      Rotherham council HR Dept says:

      We need to turn young Muslim men away from extremism by encouraging them to take up child sex abuse instead.

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      • 99
        Joyce Thacker says:

        UKIP is the greatest threat to mankind. It’s important for children to be exposed to different cultures and thereby be enriched by the diversity provided by the muslim community and their traditions. What we as imperialist reactionary westerners might find inappropriate for an adult to do to an underage child is not only part of their culture but something we must respect and learn to live with. There is no greater contribution to cultural cohesion and diversity that these girls can make than to allow these Pàkistani muslims practice their faith upon them.

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      • 100
        Aylesbury council PR Dept says:

        We have already started that Programme and it appears to be working.

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    • 94
      Jimmy juranti says:

      The west have the remedies but we don’t have the management with the nerve to be just as nasty and ISIS know this, that’s why it will carry on it’s expansion and will end up being Internationally legal, the people who leave to go to that country should never ever be allowed to return on the pain of death, it’s the only way that these people understand but that will never happen as the lawyers will never get a return out of that.

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      • 104
        non taxable pikey says:

        Currently IS is fighting with Hezzbollocks just to the East of Lebanon, also a very big build up of forces around Deir Azzor airbase where a massive fight is taking place between IS and the Assad regime army.

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  25. 71
    DAVE one term flop CAMERON says:

    Why has nobody stepped in and sacked the obnoxtious little twat ?

    On the news front , more intergrators and cultural enrichers , try to storm onto a ferry in France

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2743136/Hundreds-migrants-storm-P-O-ferry-Calais-bid-to-Britain.html

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  26. 73
    Owen Jones is a cunt says:

    Bercow is the kaleidoscope twat of a kaleidoscope parliament.

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  27. 75
    Eric Impop says:

    In an age where supermarkets track the daily lives of millions of their Loyalty card holders and one insurance quote results in a deluge of mail that is impossible to escape from, British civil servants find it impossible to keep tabs on 50,000 immigrants whom they have deemed illegal.

    There is also the obvious question. If they are here illegally why are they let off to disappear in the first place and not escorted to the nearest port of exit immediately? No point in even policing the borders if the culprits are not banged up and evicted.

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  28. 80
    Gilbert O'Sullivan says:

    He is not the very model of a modern general manager.

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  29. 84
    Owen Jones is a cunt says:

    Well, what a surprise. Owen Jones had shown yet again why he is, as my moniker states, a cúnt. There hasn’t been a peep from the dickhead about Rotherham, but instead he’s said Jack Straw should be investigated for making “racial” remarks about the Rotherham scandal.

    What an utter, utter, utter fucking cúnt. The one and only thing he says about the entire disgusting scandal is to scream racism. Someone send this piece of shit to Syria and let him embrace life under the religion of peace.

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  30. 87
    thostids says:

    Unfuckingbelievable. If Parliament and the Parties are so unwilling to take the little clunt out and waste him, they are really as useless as he is.
    If they have the chance to remove him with absolute prejudice and don’t take it, then they are either complicit in a process that hasn’t yet emerged or too busy filling their boots to bother.

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  31. 90
    Owen Jones says:

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    • 97
      A new term starts. says:

      We’re going to miss you when you’re back at school.

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    • 107
      Jimmy juranti says:

      School’s started Owen, time to stop writing books in your exercise book and get on with your O levels.

      I await your book with pleasure, I hope to see it on the bookshelves of Poundland very soon and I pass by your book I will with pleasure do a two finger salute as I go and buy a new hi bright Led torch, much more interesting.

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      • 149
        John Bellingham says:

        Has this books got pictures in it that you can colour in? If not it is for the pulp mill. Alternatively one gets 100 sheets of toilet paper to the roll for 35p from Tesco, therefore if Jones’ book is 300 pages long and cost less than £1.05 it may justify the purchase.

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      • 156
        England says:

        If you do see his book in a bookshop please move it out of the non fiction section @ into the fiction section.

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    • 147
      Fishy says:

      But Jones is of the establishment.

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  32. 92
    Winston says:

    Strange that Guido is quiet on this one:

    From Breitbart:
    “Carswell, who is due to fight a by-election on the 9th October in his seat of Clacton, received a call from the Telegraph’s Tim Walker, who apparently asked him whether or not he had “had a stroke” in recent years.”

    Tory dirty tricks trying to smear Carswell as a stroke victim.

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  33. 98
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    So, Guido, exactly how can we actually get rid of him for good?

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  34. 102

    Hey this course is some thin’, stop talk in’ Dave, OK job done let’s turkey shoot some mozz then, now watch this drive. Fore, fore!!

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  35. 103
    A caricature of himself says:

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    • 112
      Rotherham Taxi Driver says:

      Young people make change from old wife very good thanking you please.

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    • 148
      Fishy says:

      That’s a good ‘still’ of Jones in that video. As the DT might ask, Has he had a stroke recently?’

      If Jones wants to change politics so much…he could of course do the democratic thing and stand for election.

      The problem is, though that Jones is a Trotskyist (like his parents), and socialists of all persuasions don’t do democracy.

      Then again why should he stand for election?…he has all of the power, influence and exposure he needs, courtesy of the BBC and our licence fee.

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  36. 109
    Spackerwatch says:

    One of Sally’s friends, perhaps?

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  37. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Liked by 1 person

  38. 119
    Nadine's left tit says:

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  39. 122
    Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, more danger on the horizon .

    #Where’sWilly?

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    • 128
      Shoot illegal immigrants says:

      Good to know the £1.75 billion our government blew on “bringing democracy to Libya” was money well spent.

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      • 131
        Anonymous says:

        Weapons testing.

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      • 166
        Scallywag says:

        How much will the so-called democracies have to spend before they find out that Muslim countries are really not interested in democracy. It doesn’t fit their beliefs, nor will it. So let them get on with their internecine war between the two main strains of Islam. It’s not to do with us anyway…

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    • 145
      jgm2 says:

      The teeny problem for the Religion of Peace in establishing a recognised state is that, as a recognised state, they will have to draw their horns in or, if they step out of line then they will be targetted and bombed as a recognised state just like Iraq was.

      If Saudi were more overt in pursuing their Islamist agenda ie declared war on Shias and Christians and started beheading them instead of funding third parties to do their dirty work then they’d be kicked into a cocked hat overnight.

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  40. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Why has Dave jumped into bed these people? They continue to terrorise and murder civilians.

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  41. 130
    non taxable pikey says:

    Waiting for the cast iron guarantee that these people will not be allowed into the UK.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29057709

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  42. 143
    Savaging Americans says:

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  43. 150
    Anonymous says:

    Employees suffering from post-traumatic stress, incompetent management and bullying – no wonder he wants Carol Mills so badly; they’re birds of a feather!

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  44. 154
    Anonymous says:

    “Split the Role of the Speaker”
    Or else we could try something along the lines of the Real World 101, NATO badly needs: If ISIS ideology is correct, shouldn’t the world’s nations be embracing rather than resisting it? If ISIS ideology is incorrect, what procedure was used to determine that? And why is the nature of that infallible methodology not being made public? Or are you all too dumb, to manage anything other load and fire a gun?

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  46. 163
    Fred the pensioner says:

    ..”the model of a modern manager”…

    The dictionary definition of a model is ‘a smaller version of the real thing’.

    If he gets any smaller we’ll not be able to see him scurrying about the corridors of power.

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  47. 164
    John Bercow says:

    The Speaker’s job should be done by a woman.

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  48. 165
    Scallywag says:

    A good example of somebody with advanced Small Man Syndrome being allowed to occupy a position of authority. No wonder the cretins on the Labour benches thought he would be just the man to upset the Tories.

    He who laughs last etc., etc…

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  49. 171
    Big D says:

    He’s just about abused all of the Nolan Principles.
    If he was an elected councillor and had acted so he would have had a complaint against him registered with the counclls Monitoring Officer .
    After which there would have been an investigation followed by a public hearing .
    Having been found guilty on various parts of The Code of Conduct he would without doubt have been thrown out of office for a number of years .
    The Code was put into law by one John Prescott , need one say more ?

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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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