Last week, Commons Speaker John Bercow was attacked by the Tories and Tory-supporting mainstream media (MSM) for allegedly calling Tory ‘Leader of the House’ Andrea Leadsom ‘stupid’ and ‘f***ing useless’.
The assault on Bercow has continued for several days, with yesterday’s Sunday Times reporting Tory front-benchers calling the remarks ‘unacceptable’ and that a formal complaint is to be made today.
The following video:
- shows the parliamentary exchanges that immediately preceded Bercow’s alleged pronouncement regarding Ms Leadsom
- highlights Ms Leadsom’s behaviour and Bercow’s formal response
- makes clear that Bercow’s ire was driven by his determination to protect the integrity of the House from unconstitutional Tory tactics to avoid accountability
- shows that Bercow himself knew his determination to use his powers as Speaker to stop such tactics and hold the Tories to account for them was likely to result in considerable ‘flak’ – and intends to proceed anyway
The Opposition Day debate that the Tories wanted to deprive of time was not some dry, esoteric discussion of fine legislative points on some technical issue.
It was the Grenfell Tower debate.
It has – of course – absolutely nothing to do with why the Tories may wish to bring Bercow down or a desire to be able to continue their Commons cowardice unhindered.
They’d surely never do anything so base and self-serving…
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