Bercow Resignation

With the announcement by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, that he is to resign no later than 31st October 2019, a number of questions are then raised.

  • Why should the Speaker of the House be an MP;
  • Why should he have a ‘residence’ (Speakers House);
  • Why should the Speaker not be liable to ‘recall’, as are now Members of Parliament;
  • Why cannot the Clerk to the Commons not perform such duties? He/She is, after all, the principal constitutional adviser to the House, and adviser on all its procedure and business, including Parliamentary privilege; coupled with the fact that he/she is required to be, politically, entirely impartial – and is not a civil servant.

When considering the above points it should be remembered that:

  • Anyone in receipt of remuneration from the public purse should be answerable to those that fund his/her remuneration; ie, the people;
  • Should those that form what amounts to a ‘select club’ elect he/she that will ‘rule’ on their proceedings when their vote for a speaker may well be influenced by political party considerations to the detriment of those that fund them ;

This article is deliberately short to prompt debate, so the comments section are yours, dear reader.

Footnote: These are the type of questions that one would expect the Director of The Harrogate Agenda (THA), @NiallWarry – coupled with @RAENorth –  both of whom have ‘sidelined’ this movement, to ‘jump on’, but when said people are, it appears, ‘brain dead’ and/or have hidden agendas, perhaps that is expecting too much?

Regarding this footnote, might we expect a rebuttal and reasons for condemnation; especially as both have ignore previous criticism on the matter of the stagnation of ‘matters THA’?

 

10 thoughts on “Bercow Resignation

  1. i see Harriet Harman is in the running for Speakers job

    i do hope someone reminds the world of her previous faux par whilst at the NCCL, you know when along with Dromey and Hewitt they had little problem with the inclusion of PIE the notorious child abuse cult

    then of course she voted for the gulf war and against any inquiry about failures and lies associated with said war

    of course what this demonstrates is the women has absolutely no judgment, i suppose that means she’s perfectly qualified for the job!

      1. agreed David but those who actively pursued a course of action, very much in a Marxist sense to deconstruct society, deserve nothing but absolute contempt

        the above mentioned,all very prominent in Labour politics tried to gain an advantage for sexual predictions against the most vulnerable in our society,children, which places them several orders of magnitude bellow the status of vile scum in my books

  2. The reform we need goes beyond Bercow the childish antics we saw when parliament was suspended show us that. It will not get us far to simply alter the procedures. Also looking at the politics or the attitudes that drive the politics is not good enough either. It comes down to a very deep philosophical level, what do we want and what can we afford. The HoC is no more than a stadium some people watch football for others it’s PMQ’s on a Wednesday afternoon.

  3. agreed David but those who actively pursued a course of action, very much in a Marxist sense to deconstruct society, deserve nothing but absolute contempt

    the above mentioned,all very prominent in Labour politics tried to gain an advantage for sexual predictions against the most vulnerable in our society,children, which places them several orders of magnitude bellow the status of vile scum in my books

  4. A long time ago, actually a very long time ago, there was an idea about the public voting for the PM. It seems to me that it might be a good idea for the public select the Speaker too. I also agree that there is little point in the Speaker being an MP. So who would be on the list? I do not want celebs, the woke, journalists etc, I suggest David Starkey!

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