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  • Michael Martin (the T-1000 version) returns

    by Rumbold
    23rd June, 2009 at 3:23 pm    

    When the previous speaker, Michael Martin, stepped down as result of the expenses scandal, it was widely that believed that this was in part due to his own questionable use of taxpayers’ money. This assertion has now been shattered after MPs voted to elect John Bercow, who flipped his home (a dishonest practice) in order to avoid Capital Gains Tax (which people pay if they sell a property which isn’t their primary residence), while spending taxpayers’ money on an accountant (no business would ever be allowed to claim back such fees). And this is the man MPs think can clean up Parliament.

    There’s not much one can add. They have damned themselves.

    (Links Via Devil’s Kitchen)

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    1. pickles

      New blog post: Michael Martin (the T-1000 version) returns

    1. Leon — on 23rd June, 2009 at 3:31 pm  

      Of all the candidates who should they have voted for?

    2. Sunny — on 23rd June, 2009 at 3:36 pm  

      God really, did you have to get your links from that tourette’s infected twat?

      PS, I’m somewhat ambivalent. All the MPs are infected. Unless of course they elected someone like Tony Benn.

      In which case you libertarians would have a heart-attack too :)

    3. oldrightie — on 23rd June, 2009 at 3:37 pm  

      Sir George Young. As for this election, I’ve made my feelings clear and in a similar manner to the above.

    4. Rumbold — on 23rd June, 2009 at 3:46 pm  

      Tony Benn would have been good (even though I disagree with many of his views). He respects the ideal of Parliament. A Speaker should not be chosen on the basis on their views, but on how they conduct themselves.

      Leon- Anyone but Bercow. It was only supposed to be until next year anyway.

      Johann Hari made a good case here:

      Sunny- That is where I got my links from. It would dishonest to say otherwise.

    5. Rumbold — on 23rd June, 2009 at 3:52 pm  

      Oh, and there is no need to make fun of tourette’s sufferers. I know you didn’t mean to, but it could be read that way.

    6. cjcjc — on 23rd June, 2009 at 4:17 pm  

      Benn might well have been excellent - so there!

      The Speaker has to put aside his own (barking mad, in Benn’s case) views anyway.

      His consistent theme has been the sovereingty of parliament - to the extent that he (like me, so not barking in this respect!) is majorly eurosceptic.

    7. Chris Baldwin — on 23rd June, 2009 at 4:36 pm  

      Tony Benn, barking mad? I probably agree with about 90% of his views, oh well…

    8. Refresh — on 23rd June, 2009 at 7:19 pm  

      I agree with Sunny about the links, but agree with Rumbold on the damning of tourette sufferers everywhere.

      I think some of us accepted that getting rid of Martin was a ploy by the politicians; as was the hounding of Gordon Brown in the run up to the election.

      They are so very very damned.

      There will be no reform.

    9. Joe Otten — on 24th June, 2009 at 9:22 am  

      Richard Shepherd was my first choice. All the other Tories but Bercow are too establishment. Beckett would have been a disaster. Beith probably my second choice. I didn’t see Dhanda’s speech so can’t comment on him.

    10. Devil's Kitchen — on 26th June, 2009 at 9:50 pm  


      “God really, did you have to get your links from that tourette’s infected twat?”

      My colleague Martin, who used to write at The Kitchen and who does suffer from Tourette’s, has pulled you up on this before. I can’t recall what your response was, but you obviously haven’t learned anything at all.

      Tourette’s is not an infection:it is a physiological condition and as much a part of someone as their colour.

      Now, if I mocked your abilities simply because of your colour, you would rightly be up in arms with cries of “racist! Racist! Devil’s Kitchen is as evil as the BNP!”

      I do, of course, mock you (when I’m not trying to avoid you): but that is because I loathe your politics, your patronising style of writing, and your totally selective championing of minority groups—not because of your colour.

      Now, I don’t particularly care what you call me: since I have no respect for you whatsoever, I couldn’t care less about your opinion of me. However, Martin does care because he has to live with this debilitating condition which has more or less destroyed his career.

      So, with all due respect (none), please go and get yourself a cluebat, will you?

      Regards and sloppy kisses,


      P.S. Thank you, Rumbold, for observing the niceties of this blogosphere.

    11. Leon — on 26th June, 2009 at 10:47 pm  

      You sure you’ve never made light about the colour of Sunny’s skin DK?

      Personally I think the point is being lost; you’re not a twat, you are an obnoxious little cunt.

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