Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bercow Denies Hitting Woman

In his car:

The Standard have the scoop; it seems the Speaker got into an extraordinary row in Chelsea:

“I object to what was a very personal and unpleasant attack and shouting remarks just because I’m a politician. I’m very offended. I don’t know why she got so angry. Am I a brilliant driver? No. I’m not the best, I don’t claim to be, but I would have known if I’d touched her car. The issue was not the car in front, it was getting into the space without hitting the car behind.”

She describes him “being really haughty, being a completely arrogant toff” and “a little weasel”. More here

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Deputy Speaker Runners and Riders

So who is in the running to replace Nigel Evans as Deputy Speaker? Election rules state that the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means is elected from the same side of the House as the Speaker, so that should mean another Tory will take the £102,000-a-year job. Tony Grew has some early favourites:

  • Charles Walker – One of the MPs who knifed Martin, said to be Bercow’s choice.
  • Gary Streeter – Believes in faith healing.
  • Chris Chope – Barrister and son of a judge would be able to keep order.
  • Alan Beith – A possibility if the Tories decide to go outside their party.
  • Eleanor Laing – Would probably try to ban 38 Degrees.
  • Brian Binley – Nigel Evans’ flatmate.

Tim Loughton isn’t up to much and it might stop him moaning, Gerald Howarth is making too much money and Chris Pincher would be a bit risky. Personally Guido would like to see Michael Fabricant elevated, or Jacob Rees Mogg or NadineMeanwhile Evans is giving a personal statement to the House after PMQs at 12:30…

Monday, September 2, 2013

Bercow Rents Out London Home Thanks to Taxpayer

One of the many perks of grace and favour pads is the additional chance to trough that they give those in high office through rental income. Despite being a record expense claimer in his days on the backbenches, John Bercow promised to clean up the system when he was appointed Speaker. Four years later Guido can reveal that he has cheekily rented out his London home, earning cash purely from the fact that the taxpayer houses him in Parliament. Is John all in it together?

Friday, August 23, 2013

WATCH: Bercow’s Impersonations of Tory MPs

After Gove sat in the Speaker’s chair and impersonated him during the Tory parliamentary party photo shoot before recess, Bercow gets his revenge. Well sort of.

Cringe.

Via Guardian.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

“Bol****ed By Bercow”

When Michael Gove sat in John Bercow’s chair during the Tory parliamentary party photograph last week, his impressions of the Speaker had his colleagues in stitches. Following Bercow’s savaging of Philip Hammond, Gove ripped into the Defence Secretary in the style of the increasingly short Speaker. Much to the amusement of his backbench detractors. The Mail has a prototype of a badge disgruntled Tories are planning to wear as members of the new “Bol****ed by Bercow” club.

The Education Secretary would be the perfect patron…

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sally Speaks

The tearooms have been rumbling with rumours about the state of John and Sally Bercow’s marriage recently. Probably not helped by her selling antique furniture on eBay and buying a new flat. Sun readers had Sally’s response to the speculation first in Guido’s column yesterday:

“Types from the PARLIAMENT FLAT where eating an omelette and toast for lunch (anything else you want to know about my life Guido?) Denied. Categorically”. Give over. S”

Sorry we asked Sally…

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bercows Take a Break

The increasingly grumpy Speaker has spent almost £100,000 of taxpayers’ money jet-setting around the world, as well as clocking up a £16,000 chauffeur bill with Sally.

Not missing home?

Via Mail.

See also: today’s Quote of the Day

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Why is Bercow so Grumpy?

Tearooms are rumbling about why the Speaker seems so tetchy recently.

He was certainly in a mood during PMQs and then lost it completely with Philip Hammond shortly after.

Hope everything is okay at home…

Thursday, February 21, 2013

McAlpine Statement: Sights Trained on Sally

Lord McAlpine says he will drop action against any tweeters with less than 500 followers. His lawyers will be focusing on one high-profile social media junkie:

“Whilst I reached a settlement last year with both the BBC and ITV, I would like to now draw this unfortunate episode, forced into my life, to a close. 

I have dropped all claims against those tweeters with less than 500 followers, in return for a very modest donation to BBC Children In Need, which funds 2,600 projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

I have requested that my lawyers, RMPI LLP, focus on the action against Sally Bercow and that damages arising from this are donated to a charity of her choice. I am not intending to make any further comment on this matter.”

He’s not backing down…

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sally’s Boozy Night With Tory Boys

Slumped in an alleyway outside a bar: this was Sally Bercow in the early hours of Friday morning. The Speaker’s wife had spent a boozy evening with young male Tory researchers, kicking off at the Sports and Social in Parliament before heading to Players’, a regular piano dive for twenty-something staffers. Alastair Whitby, who works for a Conservative MP, tweeted: “Pleased to see @SallyBercow was out and on form last night at Players Bar”, while another Tory researcher told how he was “Yoloing [You only live once] on the dancefloor with Sally Bercow”. No doubt it went down well with John…


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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