Archiv: parliamentary motion


13.01.2019 - 10:19 [ Daily Mail ]

DAVID STARKEY: Bercow and Grieve think they are political giants, but they represent all that’s rotten in this parliament of pygmies

And there is only one possible name for this one. It has to be the Parliament of Pygmies, presided over as it is by the pygmy-in-chief, Speaker John Bercow, who, early in his period of office, was denounced by one infuriated Minister as a ‘sanctimonious, stupid dwarf’.

Ordinarily all this would be no more than matter for wry amusement. But the times are anything but ordinary. So strange are they, in fact, that the pygmies think they are giants and ape the gestures of the parliamentary greats of the past.

13.01.2019 - 08:14 [ Daily Mail ]

Revealed: Dominic Grieve secretly met John Bercow just HOURS before Speaker allowed his killer amendment as No 10 warns PM could be gone by WEDNESDAY

Commons Speaker John Bercow secretly met Tory rebel Dominic Grieve just hours before throwing out centuries of tradition to allow the MP to scupper Theresa May’s Brexit plans.

The pair spoke in Mr Bercow’s grace-and-favour Commons apartment the day before the Speaker tore up the rule book to allow the former Attorney General to table an amendment to wrest control of Brexit from the Prime Minister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

13.01.2019 - 08:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

John Bercow hurled insults at aides and binned their advice over anti-Brexit bias

SPEAKER John Bercow hurled insults at aides and binned their advice when they tried to warn against anti-Brexit bias, it was claimed yesterday.

He allegedly bawled them down and declared: “I’m not interested in what a gaggle of clerks has to say.”

The astonishing clash came two hours before he ripped up the Commons rule book to allow rebel MPs the chance to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU.

13.01.2019 - 08:11 [ Adam Boulton, editor-at-large / Sky News ]

Sky Views: We may yet be glad John Bercow is still Speaker

But if you think the only thing that matters is that a majority voted to leave the EU in the referendum, then you are likely to think Mr Bercow is a dishonest and biased scoundrel who has broken the rules in his determination to stop Brexit.

It is possible to take a different view of the Speaker’s behaviour. For a start it is entirely consistent with the way that he has done the job over the past 10 years – when a majority of MPs have repeatedly chosen to keep him in the chair.

10.01.2019 - 21:08 [ Spiked ]

Speaker of the House of Anti-Brexit

Those 308 MPs were not voting to take back control of Brexit from the government, but from the 17.4million people who voted to leave the EU. They are not ‘rebels’ but the cross-party political wing of the Remain-backing UK establishment, determined to thwart the democratic vote for Brexit at all costs.

Far from defending democracy, Bercow was acting as the agent of this elitist ‘coup’.

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 - 08:05 [ Channel4.com ]

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart on Speaker John Bercow: ‘What he did was pretty strange and unprecedented’

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has been a doughty defender of Theresa May’s deal in the past weeks.

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 - 20:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

John Bercow’s decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy

Whatever shape Brexit takes, the effects of this unilateral change to parliamentary rules will be felt for a long time

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 - 19:18 [ Sam White ‏/ Twitter ]

The American right is psychopathic, the British right is in a state of toothless submission. There must be an ideal medium somewhere between the two.

09.01.2019 - 19:15 [ John Alistair ‏/ Twitter ]

How does a Conservative speaker giving time for a Conservative backbencher’s amendment to a Conservative government’s motion constitute partisanship in favour of the Labour party?

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 - 18:39 [ Sky News ]

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow defends impartiality amid Brexiteers‘ anger

Furious Brexiteers raise questions about the Remain-supporting Speaker in angry parliamentary exchanges.

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.