War Hardened Black Rod Says Bercow’s Bullying Was Most Brutal He’s Ever Seen

John Bercow’s bullying was the worst former Black Rod David Leakey has ever seen, he told Sky News. Quite something given Leakey’s terms commanding troops as a lieutenant-general in Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Remainers, however, are still electing to deify him over his Brexit blocking…

The startling account from the former senior member of the House of Lords follows last week’s submission of evidence from Lord Lisvane – who served as Bercow’s top adviser in the Commons.

“He brutalised staff in the House of Commons and elsewhere – I include myself in that. I think brutalise is a good word for what he did to Lord Lisvane, private secretaries…”

“I have never seen anybody in my entire life treat anybody as badly as John Bercow treated regularly the people around him.”

According to the dossier Leakey compiled, Bercow regularly abused him about his education, army career and social background, as well as “accusing Leakey of being an antisemite in an angry rage when he banged his fists on the table.”  Writing for the Sunday Times, the Black Rod of seven years begs the relevant authority to reject Bercow’s peerage, saying:

“If John Bercow is allowed to become a peer, the declining reputation of politicians and of parliament would, sadly, be yet further diminished”

Will Labour ever reconsider their nomination, or are they happy to show their true colours on workers’ rights so long as the abuser shares their politics?…

mdi-timer January 27 2020 @ 13:57 27 Jan 2020 @ 13:57 mdi-comment Comments
What’s Been Going on in Parliament’s Pubs?

Any guesses what’s been going on in Parliament’s Woolsack bar?…

mdi-timer January 24 2020 @ 19:19 24 Jan 2020 @ 19:19 mdi-comment Comments
Bercow’s Bullying of his Chief Clerk was Well Known

The Sun has run as an exclusive today that John Bercow’s bullying of Robert Rogers – which the former Clerk of the Commons reported earlier in the week – was so bad his health collapsed and he was forced to take early retirement. Certainly tallies with his bullying of his secretary Kate Emms which resulted in her being diagnosed with PTSD…

“A friend told The Sun: “Bercow told Robert he was no good, he was useless, he was f***ing this and f***ing that, all of the time.

“He tried to make him feel completely worthless, without ever making any specific allegations of what he was supposed to have done wrong.

“The clerks used to call it Bercow’s ‘carpet chewing’.”

While Lord Lisvane has only just come forward with the allegations, the truth about their relationship has been swirling around Westminster for over half a decade. In 2015, Michael Cockerell documented their relationship when, after retiring early for undisclosed reasons, Bercow abandoned the tradition of hosting a retirement do for Rogers. Choosing instead to host a rock concert in Speaker’s House…

Michael Fabricant appeared on the Matt Forde podcast in 2014, once again refusing to give away the reason for Rogers’s early retirement, tipping off a journalist present that the true reason might be something he wanted to pursue and noting the cause wasn’t something the clerk himself had done.

Westminster knew this was going on, yet it took Bercow’s retirement to really get it out in the open; showing just how terrified Commons employees were of him. Now the Labour party – supposedly the party of workers’ rights – want to give him a peerage…

mdi-timer January 24 2020 @ 12:38 24 Jan 2020 @ 12:38 mdi-comment Comments
The 3 Worst Virtue Signalling MPs in Britain

Holocaust Memorial Day is next Monday and last Tuesday the Holocaust Educational Trust held an event in parliament hosted by Matt Chorley. Parliamentarians attended the event to hear from survivors, educators and a speech from the acclaimed historian Sir Antony Beevor. The event was invitation only.

Eyebrows were raised by those who noticed that in the audience was Apsana Begum, the newly-elected MP for Poplar and Limehouse. Guido understands she was not invited, which is hardly surprising given her troubled relationship with the Jewish community. She sat through the speeches and hopefully learnt something.

Three other MPs dropped into the event uninvited;

  • Nav Mishra, MP for Stockport – Labour NEC member on the JC9 slate, who has supported Pete Willsman. Voted against IHRA at the NEC, and sat on NEC disputes panel.
  • Paula Barker, MP for Liverpool Wavertree – yet to speak out on the abuse that drove Luciana Berger out of the party which led to her getting the seat.
  • Kim Johnson, MP for Liverpool Riverside – yet to speak out about the abuse that drove Louise Ellman out the party.

These three MPs went over to a banner, took some selfies with the banner in the background and according to a witness immediately left. Guido suspects that the pictures were taken to be shared on social media on Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday. For all her faults Apsana Begum actually listened to what was said, the other three MPs are just cynically virtue signalling.

mdi-timer January 23 2020 @ 12:13 23 Jan 2020 @ 12:13 mdi-comment Comments
Labour MP Accused of Exploitation Over Job Listing

The new Labour MP for Jarrow, Kate Osborne, has been accused of trying to exploit prospective parliamentary staffers after putting up a job listing for a ‘Senior Caseworker’ which goes well beyond the typical list of responsibilities for the role. One current staffer described it as being “senior caseworker and researcher and office manager” all rolled into one, for no extra pay…

Kerri Prince, who is a Labour councillor and staffer for Alex Cunningham MP, said merely reading the job description gave her “burnout”, and commented that “A staff member would not get through this list of work even if they worked 8 days a week” before going on to alert the Unite union to the listing. Labour MP, Alex Sobel, and former MP Anna Turley, have also criticised the listing…

The full list of responsibilities the Labour MP is asking for – for as little as £27,324 a year – are:

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues and is aware of trends
  • Attend surgeries, tribunals and meetings as appropriate
  • Develop knowledge in specialist areas
  • Ensure all cases are logged; monitor progress and ensure all identified actions are taken
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Gather relevant information to resolve or progress cases
  • Liaise with Government agencies, voluntary sector and others to resolve constituency matters
  • Manage and progress portfolio of casework appropriately
  • Manage projects
  • Manage the MP’s website contents
  • Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, prepare press releases as required (on constituency, non-party political matters)
  • Prepare media briefings
  • Proactive and re-active communications with all media
  • Provide briefings for the MP
  • Publicise the Member’s parliamentary duties on Social Media
  • Research local, regional or national issues to support MPs’ work
  • Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
  • Supervise other members of staff
  • Take initial action on queries from members of the public, including responding on behalf of the MP as appropriate

As ever with Labour, on workers’ rights it’s ‘do as I say and not as I do’…

mdi-timer January 23 2020 @ 10:15 23 Jan 2020 @ 10:15 mdi-comment Comments
Who’s Going to be Brillo’d Tonight?

7pm, BBC 2. You won’t want to miss this one…

mdi-timer January 22 2020 @ 17:30 22 Jan 2020 @ 17:30 mdi-comment Comments
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