Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Golden Oldie

"If she rolls over, she'll smother him" - Raymond Chandler, 'The Big Sleep'.
If the quality of his acceptance speech was anything to go by, a reasonable man might have grounds to believe that John Bercow's election as Speaker was an outbreak of mass irony; constitutional performance art.
Those readers of a cast of mind morbid enough to try to get to grips with Mr. Bercow's thought processes can try a long article of mine that's now almost as old as he is. Can't guarantee that all the links still work, but it's a better class of timewaster.
And yes, the John Bercow who was elected Speaker yesterday would seem to be the very same John Bercow who, on July 4 2000, asked this question of Tony Blair -
"To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers attended the session of the Bilderberg Conference in Sintra entitled, How Durable is the Current Rosy Complexion of European Politics; and what (a) written and (b) oral report of the Bilderberg Conference was submitted to him. [128134]".
Asking questions about Bilderberg in the House of Commons? Is the man a conspiracy theorist?

2 Comments:

Blogger James Higham said...

He wasn't the only one.

23 June, 2009 13:06  
Blogger Martin said...

No, James, he wasn't.

There was also the question asked of Tony Blair by an anonymous MP called Gill on 16 March 1998, 'To ask the Prime Minister which members of his Government have attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group', which received the reply 'None' - which of course doesn't seem to square with the Parliamentary Commissioner of Standards' report into Mrs. Lynn Riley of Newport's complaint against Fatty Clarke regarding the circumstances in which Fatty attended Bilderberg 1993. Paragraph 5 reads -

"Mr Clarke subsequently explained that he and Mr Blair considered that they were attending the conference as representatives of the Government and the Opposition respectively, and stated that `I was quite confident that I was at the time meeting the rules applying to Ministers, and it did not occur to me that the new rules concerning registration could apply to this visit'.

Perhaps Mr. Blair forgot. Or as leader of the government, perhaps he didn't consider himself to be bound by the question.

23 June, 2009 21:16  

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