Sunday, November 01, 2009

John Bercow is part of the BNP’s raison d’être

This week, the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow presided over a sitting of the UK Youth Parliament in the Commons' chamber. ConservativeHome noted that this was the first time in history that anyone other than elected MPs have been permitted to take their seats on the green benches.

Cranmer was quite chilled about that: the green benches are not the Throne of the United Kingdom; they are not sacred and the posteriors which normally grace them are certainly in no sense sanctified.

But His Grace was rather exercised by a speech the Speaker made to the assembled youth, which included these lines:

"I'm under absolutely no obligation whatsoever to be impartial as between the forces of democracy on the one hand and the forces of evil on the other... I do feel very, very, very strongly as someone from a Jewish background that the evil of the BNP is that its whole politics is based upon and driven by hate. That is a poison which we could well do without."

While Cranmer has no truck with Nick Griffin or the BNP, this attack upon a legally-constituted political party – which has a number of councillors spattered across the country, including one in the London Assembly, and has sent MEPs to Brussels with a legitimate democratic mandate – is not only wholly inappropriate, it is unprecedented. Quite what the Speaker would do if a member of the BNP were to win a seat at Westminster is not clear. It is Cranmer’s view that his manifestly partisan posturing would make his position untenable.

But other elements of his speech merit a little scrutiny, for they evidence a sub-GCSE level of comprehension. Mr Bercow has something of a reputation for spouting a patronising, sixth-form-level of debate (he does feel very, very, very strongly on some matters, just so you get the point), so perhaps he was in his element with the Youth Parliament. But since when were ‘the forces of evil’ the opposite of ‘the forces of democracy’? Are non-democracies always evil? As a decidedly undemocratic ecclesiastical monarchy, is Vatican City subject to ‘the forces of evil’? And if the anti-democratic is ‘evil’, why has Speaker Bercow not lambasted the European Union? Why is he content to preside over a Chamber which is subject to the EU’s ‘forces of evil’ without exposing and condemning its damnable malevolence?

Yet in what sense is the BNP anti-democratic? Are they not winning power in local communities and in the elections to the European Parliament by engaging in democracy and bravely knocking on doors to ask people to vote for them? And if the Speaker is opposing what has been legitimately and democratically elected, has he himself not joined the 'forces of evil'?

Speaker Bercow also has a curious reasoning which appears to allude to something significant, but may not; it is not entirely clear. Consider this:

‘ someone from a Jewish background that the evil of the BNP is that its whole politics is based upon and driven by hate...

Why is this a poison ‘which we could well do without’ when Speaker Bercow has not said a word about the rather more virulent poison of Islamism, about which ‘as someone from a Jewish background’ he ought to have far greater concern? While Cranmer is not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from the BNP (though there may indeed be some covert expression), it is quite a remarkable purposeful blindness on the part of the Speaker to ignore the rather overt anti-Semitic and anti-democratic ranting of the Islamists in our midst. Do they not spout a toxic totalitarian politics ‘based upon and driven by hate’? Is not this fascism a rather more pressing concern to ‘someone from a Jewish background’?

Or is Speaker Bercow so concerned to propagate his own multicultural, relativist, liberal political agenda to oppose ‘the forces of conservatism’ that he only feels the need to expose the ‘extreme Right’ as the supreme malignant force in politics? Has the Speaker not heard that the Islamists want shari’a law imposed upon us all? Has he not heard that they want to kill all of those ‘from a Jewish background’, behead the kuffar, throw homosexuals off cliffs and stone adulterous women? They want a nation in submission to Allah, on whose behalf they are the self-appointed ayatollahs of quranic jurisprudence.

By ignoring this, and by choosing instead to lecture the Youth Parliament (and thereby the country) about ‘the evil of the BNP’, Speaker Bercow appeases the real ‘forces of evil’ and thereby recruits on behalf of the one political party which dares to challenge these anti-democratic forces: Speaker Bercow's ignorance and blindness have made him part of Nick Griffin’s very raison d’être.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

May God grant victory to NIgel Farage in Bercow's seat of Buckingham.

1 November 2009 at 09:41  
Blogger TreeSleeper said...

It is my opinion that there is an element of mischief going on here. I have noticed that Melanie Phillips, Jack Straw and now Speaker Beckrow all seem to enjoy baiting the BNP because they indeed do realise what it is that makes them angry and more resolute. And, being Jewish, this puts them on the safe side of the battle which furthers their " covert expression" to annihilate Islam before it annihilates them. But so long as the outcome is the same, I can live with the deception. It is all rather unfortunate that the white working class are being used as pawns though, but nothing new here I suppose. Two faced scheming bastards are also legitimate pieces in this game.

Well done for at least half attempting to be truthful though.

1 November 2009 at 10:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God we have you Cranners. Potent and incisive stuff.

1 November 2009 at 10:05  
Anonymous len said...

Is Speaker Bercow ignorant of what radical Islams intentions are towards the Jews?
Or is it not politically Correct to mention this?
The B N P are gaining ground only by the likes of Speaker Bercow refusing to address the real issues.

1 November 2009 at 10:17  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

Mr Bercow is a disgrace to his Office and to his Party.

Did the man buy that robe from a school outfitters?

The very act of refusing to wear the traditional Speaker's attire disgusts me, Your Grace.

The sooner he is replaced - without a peerage - the better.


1 November 2009 at 10:30  
Anonymous Bethel said...

Mr/Ms Treesleeper
I think the game they play is
1960's and 1970's hobby horse politics. Does it win votes from adults? ... in their dreams...most of us have tried to grow up. The issues may be real, but the ways they approach them are stuck in time warps.
Roll on time travel.

1 November 2009 at 10:43  
Anonymous Maturecheese said...

Your Grace, TBH I have lost all faith in anything any politician says and Bercow is just another example of the quality of MP we have.

As most sane people are realising, the BNP are the only party addressing the Elephant in the room and this is extremely sad.

What is a typical example of spin and double talk is a Government Minister saying that they ignored scientific advice on drugs because they need to listen to what the public want, yet strangely when it comes to immigration, Islam and the EU, the public s wishes are irrelevant.

There seems to be no salvation on the horizon as for Cameron see Heath. I think he will be just as useless.

1 November 2009 at 11:09  
Blogger Kenpachi said...

Well said Crannie. We need these people to be struck on the head with a giant clue-bat sooner rather than later.

1 November 2009 at 11:36  
Blogger Bob said...

Spot on as usual, your Grace.

1 November 2009 at 11:39  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace,

Quite right. Why is Bercow turning the House of Commons into a sort of adventure playground for 'Youth'?

What would he propose to do with, say, Westminster Abbey?

No doubt he'd claim that it is necessary to 'modernise' - whatever that term may really mean, and no matter how little the justification.

1 November 2009 at 11:40  
Anonymous Voyager said...

John Bercow is a political extremist. He is not Jewish by any definition of Jewish just as Peter Mandelson is not Jewish.

Bercow is however an Extremist of the worst kind. Not only did he join The Monday Club at University but was Secretary of its Immigration and Repatriation Committee.

Not only did he join the Federation of Conservative Students after University but he was its Chairman.until it was closed down y Norman Fowler as being far too right-wing and extremist.

Bercow is an opportunist cadre and would have been a fanatical National Socialist in that era and a fanatical Communist in East Germany. He is what he is, and as such totally unsuited to be Speaker of anything but a rubber-stamp assembly....which of course is what he was elected to be.

1 November 2009 at 11:48  
Anonymous nemo_sum said...

A fine and well-presented piece, sir. Thank you for the clarity of your thoughts and the erudition with which you share them.

1 November 2009 at 12:36  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

A very good choice of photograph, reminding us of his repulsiveness.

1 November 2009 at 12:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voyager,some nice info on Bercow,thanks.
I thought Mandleson's dad was editor of the Jewish Chronicle,which would probably indicate that he,and his son are Jewish.

1 November 2009 at 12:57  
Blogger Terry Hamblin said...

Jewishness is passed down the female line, so I and 15/16th Gentile could qualify as a Jew, those without a Jewish mother cannot. It is racist, of course and neglects the fact that Kings of Israel had two non-Jewish mothers in their lineage in Rahab and Ruth.

1 November 2009 at 13:03  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Bercow - a boy in a man's (or woman's) job. A living example of the Peter principle.

Let's hope he gets his comeuppance from Nigel Farage at the next election.

1 November 2009 at 13:07  
Anonymous Super Blue said...

How many of these "youth MPs" were actually taller than Mr. Squeaker?

1 November 2009 at 13:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" is quite a remarkable purposeful blindness on the part of the Speaker to ignore the rather overt anti-Semitic and anti-democratic ranting of the Islamists in our midst."

Not least when they are there already in the Mother of Parliaments: Lord Ahmed and Shahid "I look forward to a Muslim UK" Malik, MP.

1 November 2009 at 14:25  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

My Lord,

One has to remember that Speaker Bercow got to where he is because of political chicanery and behind-the-scenes horse trading. His election no way supposes he is fit for purpose. A Speaker should be impartial - he is not - ergo he should go.

1 November 2009 at 14:52  
Anonymous not a machine said...

There are a number of nations where you might say the wrong sort of democracy exists , the ones where the presidential candidate parades around in a posh limousene handing out money to payed for adoring masses. Oh hold on minute the EU leaders meeting has ended!

Speaker bercow is again confusing change with party/office , he perhaps would do better if if he had encouraged the chancellor to crack on with a much needed spending review as require in any finacial crisis let alone the worst one since WW2.

The BNP and perhaps the earlier form of the national front were not pleasant organisations , but then again the UAF , vivisectionists and anti hunt groups have stepped over into darkness and violence . I doubt very much that even the old skool would think it good politics to dig up the owner of a rabbit farms dead mother and hide it , as one anti animal cruelty group did.

If a political party and by that I mean the labour tell the electorate to get lost party , then when another comes along that defines a nationally talked about topic that they decide isnt working , either Mr Bercow has a solution or he has to make way unless that is he too has also found perfect dictatorship and we are all too stupid to see it !

1 November 2009 at 15:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BNP is not a legaly constituted party at present - the courts are making it change its discriminatory membership rules.

1 November 2009 at 15:12  
Blogger Dr.D said...

But it is so much SAFER to attack the BNP than to attack the muzlims! Is there any record of the BNP having slit anyone's throat? I dare say you could find more than one throat slit from ear to ear by the muzlims.

There has never been a threat to have 10,000 BNP members protest outside Parliament, but can we say that about the muzlims? I thought not.

The coward will always attack the civilized, rather than the barbarian, even when the barbarian is the real danger. He does this because he is a COWARD.

1 November 2009 at 15:21  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

A brilliant exposition Your Grace.

Mr Speaker and most Members of the House deserve each other and will doubtless continue to indulge in politically correct, multicultural, relativist, liberal backslapping while the real issues which have driven so many to flirt with the BNP are sidelined. An increasing number of people appear less concerned about any BNP anti-Semitism or general racism than they are about the hate politics of Islamic extremism which threatens to crush or even kill them as “kuffar.”
There is an awful warning here for our cosy Lib/Lab/Con political establishment, many of whose backsides are not fit to polish the green upholstery of the Commons. Ignore mass immigration, islamification, and EU sway over our nation at your peril. That the BNP was able to clamber onto the broad political stage at all should have been warning enough. If they ever get a leader who is inspiring, eloquent, alluring, and politically astute, their movement could become unstoppable.

1 November 2009 at 16:43  
Anonymous Iancad said...

While most of the invective posted here is justly directed at the opportunistic Speaker we should be more concerned about the quite dreadful Youth Parliament.
This terrifying arm of New Labour couples the same old, tired, discredited shibboleths with the totalitarian zeal and moral certainty that only youth can possess. Are these the MP's of the future?
God help us all.

1 November 2009 at 16:59  
OpenID yokel said...

A few points from a resident within the Buckingham constituency that Bercow professes to represent.

But firstly can we nail the lie that the BNP is right wing? If you look carefully at the BNP's policies it is left wing; things like nationalisation are left wing policies. The only reason that it and the National Socialist German Workers Party were ever considered right wing was because of propaganda put out by the International Socialists, ie the Communists. When Socialists fall out with each other, their hatred is a wonder to behold.

For those who have been watching Bercow since he "emerged" in 1997 as the Conservative spokesman for Buckingham as George Walden was about to retire, there is no surprise at the present situation. Bercow always was a career politician, dedicated to reaching the top of his chosen greasy pole. His transition from the right wing of the Tory party to almost crossing the floor to join NuLabour has been quite obvious in his infrequent communications with his electors. You may recall that he said leaving the Tory Party as a requirement of taking the Speaker's chair was the easiest decision of his political life.

Because Bercow is therefore a Socialist by persuasion, it is surely no surprise at all that he supports all the matters that we here, led by His Grace, have been campaigning against! Bercow will prove to be as useless as Cameron at defending the UK against obliteration.

However, unlike some of the commenters above, I do not think that Farage of UKIP will necessarily be an improvement. After all, he is just another celebrity, career politician using any opportunity for self aggrandisement. The only benefit to the electors of Buckingham is that Bercow would get knocked down a peg or two. But the price will be direct involvement in the infighting machine that is UKIP. As for getting representation of our views in Westminster, the jury is out.

This disillusioned Yokel is thinking of standing as an independent. He can't be any worse, surely!

1 November 2009 at 17:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The EDL clashes with police in Leeds this weekend. NOTHING IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA THOUGH.

There were demonstrations in London also - waiting for videps to emerge. Is this the multicult experiment falling appart, or is this he intended result? The News of The World run a piece today criticising Lord Pearson for speaking out.

Raw Video: UK Police Clash With Protesters

1 November 2009 at 18:02  
Anonymous Robbie said...

Another perspective on John Bercow

1 November 2009 at 19:08  
Blogger Bertie_Bert said...

Anonymous said... The BNP is not a legaly constituted party at present - the courts are making it change its discriminatory membership rules.

Untrue, the BNP as the law stands at present are within the law refarding membership, the courts DID NOT make the BNP change its membership criteria.
The law is being changed sometime in the new year, that would make it illegal (the same criteria the BNP have had for over 10 years and no one bothered), the BNP made an offer to ask its members to vote to a change of membership criteria to adhere to the new law. which was accepted by the court.

1 November 2009 at 20:01  
Blogger Bertie_Bert said...

The British National party is close to finalising a pan-European alliance with other far-right political parties that would allow them to tap Brussels for hundreds of thousands more euros and greatly increase their power in the European parliament

1 November 2009 at 20:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who ever you vote for, you are still going to have to work like a dog and have the urine extracted from you on a daily basis, so don't make it all so personal. It would make no difference even if you voted on something trivial like your favourite colour.

Politics has become like the seasons. A season for the capitalists to screw us over, then a season for the socialists to spend all the screwing over, then it's Spring Time again and the capitalists get to screw us over again, until Autumn kicks in and the socialists squander all the screwing over again.

You would think by now that something new would happen really. I am basically saying that you are all dumb morons, do you get this? Dumb morons I say.

1 November 2009 at 20:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to see you practice what you preach your Grace, a fair assesment of the situation, no hysteria, no bias just truthfulness, a rare commodity indeed in the world of politics.Donna

1 November 2009 at 22:21  
Blogger Gnostic said...

These nincompoops who preside in the HoC are extremely adept at ignoring the herd of elephants in the room but spend an inordinate amount of time swatting flies.

1 November 2009 at 22:40  
Anonymous Buckingham Constituent said...

The Independent on Sunday 27.10.09
Pandora: Book will 'find out why Bercow is so loathed.'

1 November 2009 at 23:13  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Thank you, Your Grace. I see someone's recommended this strand to the CHWall.

I'm glad, because it's scarey (?sp), really. I mean: just how far LEFT are all these bozos who think the BNP is far RIGHT? Our Masters epitomize extremism indeed! No wonder it's one of their favourite words.

2 November 2009 at 00:53  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

"I have neither ears to hear nor tongue to speak"is that not the job description of the speaker of the westminster trough?

2 November 2009 at 09:03  
Blogger Optimist said...

With luck we may not have to suffer Mr. Bercow much longer. At the next General Election he will be opposed not only by UKIP's Nigel Farage who may taste a little too strong for Buckingham's voters, but also by a loval true blue Independent, Patrick Phillips, a former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire who should be much more to their taste.

2 November 2009 at 11:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone from an English background, I do feel very, very, very strongly about the evil of Bercow. A while ago I wrote to him about the impending extinction of the English, and he told me he found my views "distasteful". So you see, he is an anglophobic racist.

2 November 2009 at 11:14  
Anonymous It doesn't add up... said...

Bercow has told the young who usually seek to defy their elders that a very effective way of doing so is to vote BNP. A tale, told by an idiot, signifying nothing.

2 November 2009 at 14:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It saddens me, Your Grace, to see the BNP pilloried and mocked by the media and politicians like Mr. Bercow. Castigations including nazi, racist, odious, evil, homophobic, islamophobic, extreme left and right are hurled but is evidence offered in support? No! One wonders how many bother to look at the party manifesto before rushing to judgement? Few, I would suggest. Yet it is recognized that the BNP is addressing the issues that concern people most while the major parties blithely ignore the voters. What can be wrong with defending the British culture? Is it wrong to want to stop the disastrous and treacherous Labour open door immigration policy? As for Islam, the more said the better if it opens peoples' eyes to the danger that ideology poses to our democracy. Yet Speaker Bercow considers the BNP evil. Your observations on the man are most sapient indeed.

2 November 2009 at 17:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would read this:

and think about:

a) Tony B's good friends
b) the Neather revelations and whom they concerned
c) the Frankfurt school.

3 November 2009 at 14:58  
Anonymous Simon said...

Take a look at the prospective Buckingham candidates now lined up to stand against Speaker John Bercow for the forth coming General Election...

Patrick Phillips Local candidate (ex High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire): Independent:

John Stevens Buckingham Campaign For Democracy ex Conservative MEP:

Geoff Howard..Independent:

Nigel Fararge UKIP :

'It looks like the voters of Buckingham will have plenty of choice at the coming General Election'.

Will the voters of Buckingham make history by voting out Speaker John Bercow?'

and if so; which of the four candidates above, will they choose?

The Buckingham election campaign and result will be very interesting.

12 February 2010 at 22:13  
Anonymous Simon said...

I have been checking the recording of the BBC Politics show which appeared on Sunday 07 March 2010 and a Youtube video clip can be seen on the political blog..'THE FINAL REDOUBT' ( link below)

Norman Tebbit quotable quotes on John Bercow BBC Politics Show Sunday 07 March 2010:

The first one is as follows:

'I don't think he would be able to describe himself as a Conservative even if he were not the Speaker'

second quote:

'There is no obligation for Conservatives to support John Bercow---none whatsoever'.

26 April 2010 at 16:34  
Anonymous Simon said...

Patrick Phillips former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, who is standing against Speaker John Bercow, as a 'eurosceptic' and right of centre traditional conservative; he will have strong support from this traditional conservative voting constituency and he ticks all the right boxes: traditional conservative values: YES. Highly respected local candidate: YES.
Excellent Character reference from serving the Buckinghamshire people in public office as High Sheriff: YES. Trendy liberal without principles or convictions who changes his politics with every favourable wind: NO! (unlike at least one of the people he is standing against). His election slogan is also very appealing: 'Keep Buckingham True Blue: Vote Patrick Phillips'. I believe he has a very good chance of winning this seat and making history in defeating the the Speaker of The House of Commons! If I was a betting man I would certainly be making a an each way bet on Patrick Phillips as the local man who has real integrity and good character in abundance and maybe just to the taste of the Buckingham 'conservative minded' voters.

26 April 2010 at 16:36  

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