Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Speaker’s unspeakable incompetence

He may be wearing the robes of the office of Speaker of the House of Commons, but he fills them (amply) with a shameful inadequacy. He is an embarrassment to the Mother of Parliaments, a discomfort to his Scottish compatriots and his Catholic co-religionists, and an offence to the memory of those who paid with their lives to establish the principles of democracy and the sovereignty of the people.

Words like ‘honour’ and ‘truth’ are alien to him; the virtue of integrity escapes him; and the concepts of responsibility and accountability elude him. Speaker Martin is the most duplicitous, partisan, self-serving and incompetent person ever to hold this great Office of State.

His speech was but a litany of woefully inadequate excuses. Consider:

I was not told that the police did not have a warrant.

Since he was forewarned, the day before, of an imminent search of a Member’s private parliamentary office, it was his job, if he were unaware of the law, to acquaint himself promptly and adequately with the law. Parliament has no shortage of clerks and lawyers to advise him.

The police did not tell the Serjeant that there was a right to object.

And neither did Mr Speaker inform her that there was. Ignorance of the Serjeant-at-Arms’ rights and responsibilities in this matter should have been scrutinised by Speaker Martin the moment she first informed him. Unless, of course, he failed himself to realise what was unfolding.

I regret that a consent form was then signed by the Serjeant without alerting the Clerk.

Given that the Serjeant-at-Arms had already told the Speaker that an arrest was likely, the Speaker could have told the Serjeant-at-Arms to consult the Clerk of the House, or done so himself. All three of them should have consulted immediately on the matter. Unless, of course, the Speaker was unaware of the significance of what was unfolding.

I never personally authorised the search of the office.

By not objecting, by not informing the Serjeant-at-Arms that she had the right to object, the Speaker was complicit in granting consent.

In future a warrant will always be required for a search and my personal approval will be required. A new protocol will be released formalising this.

Ah, new protocol, New Labour. That’s all well and good, then. In future, Mr Speaker will not be so incompetent. But there is no excusing his present incompetence.

I am establishing a committee of seven senior MPs to investigate this matter and there will be a debate in the Commons next Monday.

Just as he did with the expenses furore. And no doubt they shall be Members of his choosing.

It is time for Speaker Martin to retire from his chair. If he shall not retire, he must be sacked. If he shall not be sacked, then Opposition MPs must drag him from his chair. It is not possible for Parliament to function properly while the Speaker is incompetent, partisan and does not command the confidence of the whole House.


Anonymous Jihn Reid said...

His speach was that of a child. He could not string the words together to make sense. His reading of sentences was inadequate. How did he get the job ?
He loves the honour of the job but not the responsibility. In fact he has not taken his role with a serious dispostion.
He knows all the rules about expenses but not those of the house it seems.
He does as your Grace says know all about survival.
"Can you outrun a tiger Mr Martin"
"No, but I can outrun the Serjeant-at-Arms"

4 December 2008 at 10:53  
Anonymous woman on a raft said...

Incompetence is a generous interpretation. 'Useful idiot' is normally reserved for those who are well-meaning or even clever, but wilfully mislead themselves as to what they are doing - so no, that won't do either.

What about 'traitor': a filthy self-centred little man who actually colluded with the political intimidation, on the condition that so long as they kept his name out of it and made his involvement plausibly deniable, he'd knuckle under to any thuggery.

Yesterday he read out the statement Campbell and Mandelson had prepared for him, shaking as he realized that it didn't really shield him and nor would it, as they didn't really care for his carcass and would cheerfully gut him if it became expedient to do so. Perhaps they had a bit of dirt on him, or a credible threat (as with the late Dr Kelly) that if he didn't do as he was told, he'd lose his pension.

Your Grace is too soft on this one.

4 December 2008 at 11:20  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Michael Martin - another bitter fruit of the Blair years.

I listened to him on the today programme - and noted that he blamed the Serjeant at Arms, who couldnt speak for herself.

All in line with the NuLabour blame game. It's always someone else's fault.

Speaker Martin can console himself that in this country incompetence is rewarded by preferment, so if he does resign (or is pushed out) he will no doubt be offered a peerage, knighthood, baronecy or something

The Telegraph ran an article yesterday which claimed that the British public no longer regard politicians with disdain, it is now contempt.

Why should we bother to vote at all at the next election - we would just give another set of pigs the opportunity to snuffle at the trough?

4 December 2008 at 12:14  
Blogger Jonny Mac said...

Quite so, your Grace.

There is a word (not fit for this blog) for men who blame their subordinates for failures for which they have the ultimate responsibility.

4 December 2008 at 13:28  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

The police should have been sent packing; and even if they had had a warrant, that should have made no difference: on whose authority would such a warrant have been issued? Ultimately, the Crown's. And whether the Crown can intrude into Parliament in this kind of way is surely the precise issue, which we thought had been settled constitutionally for centuries.

4 December 2008 at 13:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jihn Reid: "How did he get the job ?"

I recall that other traitor, Edward Heath had something to do with that.

A small point but one I have pondered. Perhaps Mr Speaker being a Scott, is entirely unaware of the relationship of Parliament and the Crown, or in this case Parliament and the executive?

4 December 2008 at 15:24  
Blogger Sackerson said...

Did you watch Snow on C4 trying to suggest to Michael Howard that the public might regard this as a bit arcane? Au contraire, ordinary people are not such apathetic fools as the pols pretend.

Your Grace's strictures are well made.

4 December 2008 at 16:50  
Blogger Did NWO Fabians murder John Smith MP? said...

The Speaker is useless.

4 December 2008 at 16:55  
Anonymous Walter Scotty said...

Anon15:24 We are called 'Scot' and not 'Scott'. Scott is a proper name as in Walter Scott.

4 December 2008 at 16:57  
Anonymous dearieme said...

They didn't take the slum out of the boy, did they?

4 December 2008 at 17:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a word that fits what we have here, and it is not incompetence.

What we have now operating within every single level of the executive , is corporate establishment, Papal powered SUBVERSION.

Some of this go's under the general heading of Common Purpose or NAZISM. Most of it goes under the name of the Jesuit Masonic Orders and other Zionists, long awaited and much beloved New World Order.

If you listen hard you can actually hear the sound of the SS marching down a street near you. If you go into a council building or watch any amount of BBC or Sky TV News the sound is painfully and perfectly loud.

Common Purpose are the Red Shielded Brown shirted and undeniably Nazi inspired subversive scum living comfortably under your very own bed, very much at your expense. They are all working for FASCISM although most of them don't know they are, or indeed have any real idea what a NAZI actually is. Still less that they are themselves NAZIS.

As a certain well known religious figure was once reported to have said. "Forgive them father for they know not what they do."

Which is fare enough.

We can forgive them after they have all been stung up. Because it really is a matter of us or them, in every sense.

The powers that control these mind controlled and corrupted individuals think up different clever lies for each level in their ever more massive and inclusive pyramid of world wide command and control.

As there is a probable certainty that a member of Common Purpose is reading this comment, I have this to say to them.

When the moment came the Brown shirts where DECIMATED or worse. The system murders its own submissive servants every bit as painfully and often as it does its enemies.

You can not imagine quite how incredibly evil the people you indirectly work for are, so don't bother trying. That sort of thing takes intelligence, uncontaminated information, and a free mind of your own. Which are all things you clearly lost a long time ago, or never had in the first place.

Just get out of the wholly dishonest, Satanic death cult organization ASAP, if you still can. There is still a chance your eternal soul can be saved. But not if you continue to do what you are doing after reading this comment.

Atlas shrugged

4 December 2008 at 19:13  
Blogger Cato said...

Another 'riveting' post from Atlas. In the real world however, Your Grace has it correctly.
Martin (I won't address him by his title since he does not merit it) is a greedy, mendacious, pig who is long past his use by date.

4 December 2008 at 20:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

Picking up on the thread this cabals treatment of the people and total disregard of our ancient rights and freedoms I would like to submit the following for all the people who visit your site.

It may indeed be something you may wish to expand on.

I think the case below will challenge this cabals determination to ignore the peoples right to privacy.

This case has been ongoing for 7 years but the ECHR ruled in the favour of the claimants today.

Although the case was against the Police holding DNA on people not guilty of any crime, on a point of law the police is an institute of the government, specifically the home office, one Jaqui Smith, therefore she cannot force people to supply DNA for their ID Cards.

On a further point of clarification the UK is the government.

Pass the message on, get it out there.

DNA Case
(Applications nos. 30562/04 and 30566/04)

4 December 2008 at 21:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have sung all the songs, and danced all the dances..the distractions are wearing thin.

The Dark Side is gaining strength with each beat of the human heart.

There has been reported a 'disturbance in the Force' of great magnitude.

4 December 2008 at 22:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the words of Old Holborn:

Paxo kills Harriet Harman, rips out her still beating heart, shows it to her and then pisses on her grave.

4 December 2008 at 23:05  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Does not the whole sorry episode highlight that we cannot be surprised that young people do not understand these matters when those charged with responsibility at the highest level, plainly have not the slightest clue as to the nature and history of their office.

There was a time when any A-level student of History or the British Constitution could have accurately advised on the Speaker's duty to protect the Privileges of the House and given a decent explanation as to why this is a benefit to the British people

5 December 2008 at 11:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure whether "Atlas shrugged" wants to be taken seriously or not, but if he/she does so desire, a little attention to spelling and punctuation would not go amiss.

Personally I find that schoolboy errors of the sort displayed in his/her comment tend to devalue the arguments being made - if any. One tends to think "this person is an ignoramus so why bother reading their verbal extrusions?"

8 December 2008 at 10:02  
Blogger len.allan said...

An unspeakable speaker seems to be well suited for an unspeakable government!.

10 December 2008 at 19:37  

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