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27.01.2019 - 13:54 [ Spiked / Twitter ]

“Orwell’s thought police is now a reality. Humberside Police are investigating a man for retweeting an offensive limerick — they even contacted him to ‘check his thinking’. It is now normal for police to investigate ‘non-crime hate incidents’.” — @andrewdoyle_com on #SkyPapers

27.01.2019 - 12:48 [ hulldailymail.co.uk ]

Humberside Police tell man to ‚check his thinking‘ after he likes ‚offensive transgender limerick‘ on Twitter

The former policeman said he faced 34 minutes of phone questions from a police constable after liking the post. The officer, Mr Miller claims, told him he was investigating a report of „hate speech“ after an unnamed complainant contacted the force, reports Grimsby Live.

He spoke out about the probe on his own Twitter page and said: „Cop said he was in possession of 30 tweets by me. I asked if any contained criminal material. He said…No.

„I asked if any came close to being criminal…and he read me a limerick. Honestly. A limerick. A cop read me a limerick over the phone.“

25.01.2019 - 05:53 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Queen’s speech calling for ‚common ground‘ seen as Brexit reference

As head of state, the monarch remains publicly neutral when it comes to political matters and does not express her views. But commentators were likely to see her words as a veiled reference the debate on Britain’s departure from the EU.

Similar in tone to her Christmas Day address, the Queen expressed the importance of “never losing sight of the bigger picture”.

19.01.2019 - 19:39 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Remainer plot to seize Brexit and ‘deny EU Referendum result’ revealed as Dominic Grieve unveils amendment to stop No Deal

Europhile Grieve is working with other Remainers, including Labour rebels, to try and block the UK leaving the EU on March 29 without an agreement with Brussels.

They plan to put their motion to a vote in Parliament which if backed by 300 MPs could spark legislation to extend or revoke Article 50.

That would be considered highly controversial as it would challenge the unwritten constitution that only an elected majority government can control UK policy.

10.01.2019 - 08:08 [ theSun.co.uk ]

SPEAKER OF THE DEVIL: Commons Speaker John Bercow accused of trying to sabotage Brexit with Plan B ruling as he sparks constitutional crisis

The controversy sparked a near riot in Parliament as Brexiteers shouted their fury at the Speaker.

Amid scenes of chaos on the Commons floor, one livid Cabinet minister confronted Mr Bercow just before PMQs to accuse him of being “totally out of order”.

The Sun can reveal that seething Chief Whip Julian Smith – one of Mrs May’s closest lieutenants – accused Mr Bercow of “throwing centuries of precedence in the bin to thwart the referendum result”.

10.01.2019 - 07:55 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Brexit: Second Commons defeat for May after Bercow breaks with tradition

The ruling by Mr Bercow, whose relationship with the government has been rancorous for years and has deteriorated over recent months, began a procedural row lasting more than an hour in the Commons as Conservative MPs accused him of “sophistry” and bias, Labour MPs applauded him and the Speaker refused to deny that he had overruled…

09.01.2019 - 19:57 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

John Bercow’s disregard of precedent is a serious constitutional issue

Then there’s the matter of how the Commons works in the future, long after Bercow has gone. Does this mean that another Speaker can change procedure as he pleases, even against the advice of his own clerks? How can the Commons prevent this leading to the next referee being so obviously lacking in neutrality that their authority is even less than Bercow’s?

09.01.2019 - 19:54 [ Independent.co.uk ]

We now know John Bercow is as out of control as Brexit itself

Given the propensity of thought-to-be-lost Morecambe and Wise episodes to turn up decades later in west African cinema store cupboards, we must advise the parliamentary archivists immediately to incinerate all recorded footage of the House of Commons between 12.41 and 13.53 on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 January 2019, and promptly blast the ashes deep into outer space.

Actually, perhaps that’s too risky.

09.01.2019 - 19:35 [ Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor, The Telegraph / Twitter ]

We are now in full-fledged constitutional crisis territory. Bercow has accepted the Grieve amendment which *his own clerks* say is against the standing orders of the House. This is going to be carnage.

09.01.2019 - 19:12 [ Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of ConservativeHome @ConHome / Twitter ]

Constitutions based in part on convention are delicate things. Mess with them without proper thought, and you can quite quickly go from ringing the bells to wringing your hands. I fear Parliament will rue the day they allowed this.

09.01.2019 - 19:07 [ NewStatesman.com ]

What does John Bercow’s unprecedented action mean for Brexit – and for him?

It is true to say that you cannot really make an argument that Bercow’s action is supported by precedent or the rules of the House. What matters is if they are supported by the one rule of British politics that does matter: do you have a majority in the House of Commons? If you have a majority in the House of Commons, it doesn’t matter if you are found to have misled MPs, provided that majority is willing to sustain you in office. It doesn’t matter if you are upending centuries of precedent, because the only precedent that matters in our constitution is that Parliament can do whatever it wants.

09.01.2019 - 18:56 [ Blue Labour ‏/ Twitter ]

This is obvious but worth repeating again and again. This ‘crisis’, which can ‘only be solved by a second referendum’ is in fact a concerted, long-term, cross-party effort to overturn Brexit. Wildly irresponsible.

(today)

09.01.2019 - 18:52 [ Tim Dawson, writer and journalist ‏/ Twitter ]

The root cause of our national discontent is simple. We had a referendum, but the losing side refuses to honour it. We are therefore stuck in a political groundhog day; forced to replay the same exhausting, exhausted arguments over and over again. 2 years on- tempers are fraying.

09.01.2019 - 18:35 [ ProductiehuisEU / Twitter ]

BREXIT – Angry Mark Francois hits out at Speaker Bercow (9th January 2019)

Raising a point of order after PMQs, he said: “Mr Speaker, I have not been in this House as long as you but I have been here for 18 years and I have never known any occasion when any Speaker has overruled a motion of the House of Commons. “You have said again and again you’re a servant of this House and we take you at your word, and I have heard you many times on points of order when people have challenged you say ‘I cannot do X or Y because I am bound by a motion of the House’. “You have done that multiple times in my experience, so why are you overruling this today?”

09.01.2019 - 18:13 [ Sky News Politics ‏/ Twitter ]

„We had a row in the Commons for over an hour.“ Tory MP Mark Francois says many MPs believe John Bercow was „exceeding his authority“ by approving a vote on a controversial amendment.

Follow the #Brexit debate here: http://po.st/FKBjwo

09.01.2019 - 18:08 [ Mark D'Arcy, parliamentary correspondent / BBC ]

Bercow’s unprecedented ruling could change the course of Brexit

I suspect that, one way or another, Mr Bercow’s turbulent tenure in the Commons chair is coming to an end.

Perhaps in months rather than weeks, but not before the big Brexit votes (and it’s not impossible that somewhere along the way, he might have to make this kind of ruling again).

The basic question his would-be successors will have to answer is how much of the Bercow revolution in the way the Commons works should be scrapped – and how much should be retained?

09.01.2019 - 18:02 [ Sky News Politics / Twitter ]

Tory MP Mark Francois criticises John Bercow’s decision to approve a debate on a controversial amendment which could impact the process of leaving the EU.

A row has broken out in the House of Commons over #Brexit – follow the latest here: http://po.st/FKBjwo

09.01.2019 - 17:58 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

AS IT HAPPENED: PMQs and Commons chaos as angry MPs confronted John Bercow over Brexit amendment row

> MPs have voted by 308 to 297 to force Theresa May to return to the Commons with a Brexit plan in just three days if her current deal is defeated

> Tory MPs accused Commons Speaker John Bercow of not being impartial on Brexit – but he denied the charges.