Isn’t it hilarious that Tory Andrea Leadsom is accusing Commons Speaker John Bercow of breaking Parliamentary rules when her government has been doing worse than he could imagine?
And isn’t it ironic that, claiming to be standing up for democracy, they are happy to break an ancient democratic convention?
Ms Leadsom reckons Mr Bercow has committed a “flagrant abuse” of process by allowing Parliament to take control of Commons business and table a Bill to stop the government from shafting us all with a “no deal” Brexit.
But he – together with Opposition MPs – was well within his rights to use a recognised procedure against Boris Johnson’s underhand attempt to deny UK citizens their right to democratic representation by proroguing Parliament for five weeks, at a crucial point in the run-up to Brexit.
Here’s how the BBC is reporting the matter:
The Conservative Party plans to stand a candidate against Speaker John Bercow for his role in allowing MPs to take control of the Commons agenda.
Breaching convention, the party plans to oppose Mr Bercow in his Buckingham constituency at the next election.
Formerly a Tory, Mr Bercow gave up his party affiliation when he took on the impartial role.
As the highest authority in the House of Commons, the Speaker chairs MPs’ debates.
In order to be impartial, the Speaker resigns from their party, and – while they still stand in general elections – they are usually unopposed by the main parties, and they do not campaign on political issues.
This latest attempt to silence democracy – and impartiality, if Ms Leadsom plans to put a Tory yes-man in Mr Bercow’s place – has sparked a backlash on the social media, under the hashtag #BackBercow .
He is for Parliament, first, last and always. pic.twitter.com/oPKTQYUSXz
— Dr Martin Remains 3.5% (@MartinRemains) September 8, 2019
The fact Andrea Leadsom is going after John Bercow should be enough for everyone to #BackBercow.
Leadsom told the House of Commons that Islamophobia was a 'foreign' issue.
She's a bully and a bigot.
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) September 8, 2019
Of course the attack on John Bercow is not targeting the man.
It is targeting the rules that he upholds.
While the braying of Tories for Bercow's unseating may seem merely petulant, it's a signal that we are now fighting to prevent authoritarian Tory executive rule.#BackBercow
— Mike Hind (@MikeH_PR) September 8, 2019
— Rachel Cooper (@rlizcooper) September 8, 2019
The Speaker of the House commits to impartiality and of course, its natural to see that the Tories despise how he isn't being biased towards them and letting them do absolutely anything they want with the country #BackBercow
— Monty200💚☮🦆#BLM (@_Monty200_) September 8, 2019
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