Friday, October 4, 2013

Simon Burns Quits as Minister to Run For Deputy Speaker

Likely to lose his Transport minister job in the upcoming reshuffle anyway, Simon Burns is resigning to run for Deputy Speaker. Tory MPs will relish the chance to give the job to the man who called Bercow a “stupid sanctimonious dwarf”…

Via Tim Shipman

UPDATE:

Nads v Eleanor Laing For Deputy Speaker

As tipped by Guido, Nadine Dorries is throwing her hat into the ring for the Deputy Speaker job. Which certainly makes the race all the more interesting. Odds are shortening on Eleanor Laing, who has announced she is going to stand, is popular and hotly-tipped by Tory colleagues. She tells Guido she only thought of going for the job when she saw her name on this blog’s runners and riders. She denies she is Number 10′s candidate to the Standard.

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…


Seen Elsewhere

Ruffley Could Be Suspended From Commons | Telegraph
Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian
Political Correctness Breeds Extremism in Schools | Chris McGovern
Ruffley Faces Crisis Meeting | ITV
I Sang “Maggie Out” (When I Was 7) | Liz Truss


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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