Monday, 22 June 2009

It's Gotta Be Widders

She may have the most annoying voice in Westminster (well, second perhaps, after Patricia Hewitt); she may have the dress sense of a Bulgarian; she may have the body of an East German saloon car and a set of teeth like a cemetery; she may even have bigotted views on hunting and rural pest control, but she is idle's choice for Speaker.
Why? Because she promises to resign at the next general election.
There is no public confidence in this Parliament, and rightly so. Many are retiring next year, many have been forced to go, and many more will be chucked out, having been found out as worthless, dishonest also-rans in a discredited ruling party. These are not the people to elect a new Speaker who may be in the chair for fifteen or twenty years.
So it's time to hold one's nose and vote Widders.
UPDATE 10.39: "Tories threaten to expel new Speaker after election" Political Editor of Evening Standard. They are worried that it's Beckett or Bercow. Well, you know to avoid such a situation.....
UPDATE 2 18.55 Well, it won't be Widders; My guess is that Young beats Bercow by a narrow margin, and we are spared the awful little greaser camping it up in uniform. Will Sir George Young, who strikes me as a Whig, if elected, restore the wig to the Speaker's head?

15 comments:

ken from glos said...

I agree !!

lilith said...

Even though she thinks women prisoners in labour should be chained to a bed, I agree. Beckett is a proven liar, trougher, and will probably get kicked out at the next election. Bercow is a NuLab stooge.

Philipa said...

I agree with you, Idle.

I won't blog any more today as I am very grumpy.

hatfield girl said...

Lilith, it's no good, that's why she won't do. What kind of person would chain any creature in labour?

lilith said...

Yes HG, I know, but she will be gone in no time, yet we might be stuck with the troughing Margaret Beckett or worse, John Bercow. Why do Home Secretaries always turn into Ghengis Khan, however "liberal" they may have have been beforehand?

Scrobs... said...

The choice for Beckett indicates a level of farce which transcends belief.

There I've said it.

Widders is my MP, and at least she husted outside my station last time, and was trying to get voters to do their stuff on a pretty dark and dank morning.

I reckon you're right Iders, she'll be gone by the time Brown's busted the country next year, then we can choose properly.

Anyway, at this rate, we'll have to get a speaker from the BNP, as they'll be the largest opposition party...

Bill Quango MP said...

If I'd known that MPs, voting for a reforming speaker, were prepared to ignore £600 of hanging baskets every other year and £83,000 of unexplained claims for an occupied second homes; That members were unconcerned over the amount of troughing that a member had been up to before. And that they were prepared to appoint a member who possess a visage that resembles a horse's rear with tail raised -

Well, i would have stood myself.

lilith said...

Bill, you have let us all down by not standing.

Tuscan Tony said...

Why is she not the MPs' favourite, the Tuscan wants to know?

idle said...

Because if she ain't gonna hang around, Tuscan, their support may be unrecognised; because the whips can still get people to vote according to party diktat despite it being a free vote; because they are wankers.

Choose any of the above in any permutation you wish.

Grumpy granny said...

Cheer up, Pip. One grumpy squatter on this blog (or two if you count him outside with the lawn mower) is quite enough!

If there are a dozen would-be Speakers in the race, why not just let them all have a go for a month each up to the next election? No need for all this unseemly pettifogging squabbling bringing the House into (further) disrepute. Rotating Speakers in alphabetical order starting on 1 July, just like the rotating Presidency of the EU. Piece of cake, laterally speaking.

Philipa said...

Thanks, GG. You always cheer me up.

Of course another solution would be the dissolution of parliament. We are just a european province anyway. Sad but true it seems.

Philipa said...

PS: GG if you fancy popping by my place then drop me a line: blog name seperated by underscore dot com.

William Gruff said...

Why shouldn't a criminal be chained to a bed? Women will be equal to men when they no longer plead the belly, and all the associated mess, whenever they are faced with the consequences of their irresponsibility.

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