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John Bercow is his own worst enemy

14 November 2013

14 November 2013

John Bercow has done many good things as Speaker. But he’s in danger of being the second Speaker in a row to be turfed out. Why? Because he can’t let go of his dislike of the Tory hierarchy.

The Speaker needs to be above the hurly burly of politics. But Bercow’s increasingly confrontational and personal chairing is threatening his position, as I say in this week’s magazine. As even one of his defenders concedes, ‘You can’t be so dismissive of so many people so much of the time.’

I hope that Bercow can rein himself in. In many respects, he’s been a good thing. That the House of Commons chamber once more seems like the cockpit of the nation is largely down to him. But, above all, it would be a very bad thing for the House of Commons if two Speakers in a row were to be deposed. It would overly politicise the role.


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  • The_greyhound

    (He) “is his own worst enemy”

    I think someone said the same of Herbert Morrison.

    “Not while I’m alive, he’s not” retorted Ernie Bevin.

  • Ron Todd

    He was nominally a Tory MP next time round labour will purely in the interest of balance of course want a labour speaker.Cameron even if he is still the leader of the largest party will not have the backbone to stand up to them and we will get a third biased speaker in a row.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    How low has the Spec sunk when it praises something like Bercow?

    He was Brown’s final vindictive insult to Parliament and the British people.

    • McClane

      ‘He was Brown’s final vindictive insult to Parliament and the British people.’

      No. He shares that prize with the Baroness Ashton of Upholland, PC, Cathy Ashton.

  • salieri

    “That the House of Commons chamber once more seems like the cockpit of the nation is largely down to him.” Wrong word. Try ‘cesspit’ instead.

  • rugby god

    Bercow should be sent a coded message. A garden gnome with concrete boots.

    • Neotelemachus

      A Shetland pony’s head in his bed? A small goldfish in a rolled up Beano?

      • rugby god

        The Pony Head would look too similar to Sally!

        What do dwarves fear the most?

  • rugby god

    Bercow should be sent a coded message. A garden gnome with concrete boots.

  • Barakzai

    ”I hope that Bercow can rein himself in.”

    It’s not going to happen. Why?

    ”Because he can’t let go of his dislike of the Tory hierarchy.”

    And because he owes his position to the socialist MPs in the Commons; he was their petty revenge on the Tories for the overdue ousting of his embarrassingly bad predecessor.

    And because he’s over-fond of himself.

  • Barakzai

    ”I hope that Bercow can rein himself in.”

    It’s not going to happen. Why?

    ”Because he can’t let go of his dislike of the Tory hierarchy.”

    And because he owes his position to the socialist MPs in the Commons; he was their petty revenge on the Tories for the overdue ousting of his embarrassingly bad predecessor.

    And because he’s over-fond of himself.

  • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

    Pompous poison dwarf with the archetypal Napoleon complex (married to a slapper socialist …innocent face) who loves the sound of his own voice too much. Totally wrong for the role.

  • Tron

    “It would overly politicise the role.”

    After Gorbals Mick and now this Poison Dwarf you must be joking.

    Bring back Betty!

  • swatnan

    Why? The Speakership should not be a job for life. It should be limited to 5 years max, and a new Speaker chosen at the beginning of each Parliament, by a single AV vote, not the ridiculous convoluted process we have now. And, the Speakers seat should be contested like any othe seat at GEs. And it should alternate by gender and by Party and by ethnicity.

    • Russell

      Why alternate between the rotten corrupt political parties? What about an Independent MP as speaker.

      • HookesLaw

        That is the point.

        The Speaker is supposed to be independent, from no matter which party he comes from.
        We should expect MPs to have the decency to elect someone who would be fit for such a role. Sadly what we had was a bunch of Labour MPs who blatantly played politics with the job.

        • Andy

          Yes, they did so twice in a row. And that’s the problem.

      • Neotelemachus

        Well, the Speaker is chosen every Parliament, and the little Creep was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2010. And the alternate rule was broken by Labtard from Betty to Mick, and most surely to the turncoat slimeball Bercow.

        • HookesLaw

          As I remember no one stood against Bercow did they? Its a moot point there would have been a majority to defeat him. Sadly opponents of Bercow do have some respect for the HoC and probably would not want to be seen in an unseemly plot.

          • Neotelemachus

            Yes, you are correct. This was the second of Cameron’s many mistakes; the first being going into coalition instead of trying to run a minority government and going for an early election. It’s enough to make an old Tory cry.

    • kyalami

      … and by religion and sexual-choice and age and …

    • Fergus Pickering

      Nothing can alternate by three things at once. Draw a diagram and you can see that must be so. I think we are due a black lesbian from UKIP if they have one.

    • James Strong

      I suppose I can just about understand the idea of alternating by Party in an adversarial chamber. It has the potential to reduce Party bias in the proceedings, although clearly it doesn’t guarantee that.
      But to alternate by gender and ethnicity does nothing except reduce the chances of getting the best candidate.
      This is simple to understand: if the best candidate is a man but it’s a woman’s turn then you don’t get the best candidate.
      You’re welcome.

  • Neotelemachus

    Bercow is his own worst enemy? Not while I’m around he isn’t.

    • Andy

      Good, good. We look forward to you doing for the poison dwarf.

      • Neotelemachus

        Put it this way, if I saw him sliming across the road, I would not slow down. Odious little traitor deserves a slap and to become a prize cuckold.

      • telemachus

        Hang him then?
        *
        Bercow is doing just fine
        He fails to be cowed by the bullying hectoring Government front bench
        Cameron talked over him at the last PMQ’s and should be barred for a day as punishment
        We cannot go back to the days of Lenthall being bullied by crown representatives (which is what Government ministers are)

        • Neotelemachus

          It comes as no surprise that a nasty little labtard troll like you Idiot #1 would defend the creep Bercow. This tells us all we need to know about his suitability for one of the great offices of state, and of yours to comment here.

        • Andy

          Oh do shut up you stupid little Fascist.

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