“I have been played as a fool. But I would much rather be an honourable fool, in this and any other matter, than a clever man.”
Posts Tagged: John Bercow MP
I refer, of course, to the funeral of Richard III. But some MPs, not all of them Tories, have a different committal in mind.
There weren’t many MPs in the House for Danny’s big moment, but they still managed to make plenty of noise.
As the election looms, the papers are shifting back to their political comfort zones. But the consensus is that Osborne has drawn some of the sting from Miliband’s attack.
Plus: Stephen O’Brien triumphant. What not to wear while canvassing. Commons catering, KFC-style. And: Kensington – that snake-pit of ambitious thrusters.
As a spectator sport, this continual tripping, kicking, stamping, striking, biting, gouging and even emasculating of the other side leaves something to be desired.
The Speaker’s ill-judged intervention in the case is the latest in a long series of serious errors on his part.
The close-run fight for the future of our country comfortably wins both polls by clear majorities, trumping defections to UKIP and showdowns with Europe.
Carole Mills is tangled up in a burqa ban – and a Select Committee report that it was misled about her knowledge of an Australian parliamentary controversy.
Plus: Marr again. Shot foxes. Unhatted rabbits. Bercow’s revenge. Sir Trevor Brooking’s posterior. And: thanks to Stuart in customer services, who made this column possible.
We got Shakespeare driving a white van, or at least commenting on one, but he was trumped by an MP who actually has white vans in his family.
John Stevens: The struggles of Bercow, and the rise of UKIP and the SNP, tell the same story about our democracy
Only radical parliamentary reform will restore popular trust in Westminster – and the Speaker cannot be part of it.
Terry Barnes: Carol Mills is a decent person who has been left by the Speaker in an impossible position
She is being hung out to dry by John Bercow’s determination both to get his own way and save his parliamentary skin.
The case for Bercow as a great reformer tends to be obscured by his astonishingly bad manners.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: hostilities suspended as Cameron and Miliband unite in the face of terrorism
Only the points of order raised against John Bercow by three Tory MPs struck a partisan note.