Bercow's Loses the Red Hand

John Bercow’s political journey is now complete. Newsnight reports that the Speaker has allowed Gerry Adams to resign his seat without taking up one of the ceremonial Crown positions that every other MP wanting to quit has had to do. In wanting to avoid giving the republican a headache, Bercow has altered the British constitution forever . It is now possible, following this precedent, for any MP to walk away with a simple letter to the Speaker.

Guido wonders what Bercow’s old singing companions from the Rangers supporters club would have to say about him sparing Adams the humiliation…




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