Speaker Bercow Vows to Block Trump From Addressing Parliament, But Let Chinese Totalitarian Thug Address Same Body

This anti-Trump virtue signalling has reached an unreal level. Today, Speaker of Parliament (which is supposed to be a neutral position) John Bercow said he would block President Trump from addressing Parliament when he comes across the pond for his state visit later this year.

From The Telegraph

John Bercow has been accused of damaging the Special Relationship after he vowed to block Donald Trump from speaking in Parliament and accused the US president of “racism and sexism”.

The Speaker of the Commons said he was “strongly opposed” to allowing Mr Trump to deliver an address in Westminster Hall and directly criticised his administration’s travel ban.

Mr Bercow’s comments drew criticism from government sources, who accused him of breaching the convention that the Speaker must be politically neutral.

Sources close to Mr Bercow said he was officially only required to be politically neutral on domestic matters, and insisted that the convention did not apply to international matters.

One source told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Bercow was playing “student politics” with the Special Relationship.

Indeed. The article goes on to note that Trump hasn’t even asked to address Parliament in the first place, which makes this grandstanding all the more bizarre.

Bercow has always struck me (and others, as it turns out) as a bit of a fame hound, so I guess it’s not that surprising when you consider that. But still, this is an amazing breach of etiquette for a Speaker of Parliament.

Mr Bercow has suggested he will step down next year after nine years as Speaker, and is clearly thinking hard about his place in history. He has spent much of his time in office (and no little public money) aggrandising himself with expensive foreign travel and meddlesome attempts to “modernise” a Parliament that can function perfectly well without his schemes. No doubt this latest act of self-indulgent attention-seeking is another part of his legacy-building. In fact, he will go down in history as a Speaker whose arrogance and self-regard besmirched his great office.

His stance might actually mean something other than grandstanding, if he had actually blocked people like China’s authoritarian thug leader Xi Jinping from addressing Parliament. But not only did he refuse to block him, he also sat right behind the guy while he addressed the body.

Then again, Jinping is a shade other than white, so I guess different rules apply in his case.

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  • Mr0303

    Another day , another pathetic attempt to virtue signal how evil Trump is. This show of incompetence is his official resignation letter.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    Pay no heed to the departing retards, they came into office on a platform of retardation and for the sake of their legacies they must now leave office on a platform of retardation.

  • My father and I (who share very little common ground politically – I am liberal and he is a typical middle of the road UK conservative) were discussing Bercow this morning. We were both in agreement that the man has an undeserved Napoleon complex. There is something of the C list celebrity about him.

    He forms part of a gruesome double act with his wife, Sally Bercow, who a few years ago had her arse handed to her in court after defaming Lord McAlpine with unsubstantiated pedophile claims. She was was rightly forced to apologise in court and no doubt paid a hefty financial penalty in damages.

    Whatever you think of Trump, preventing him from speaking simply empowers him. If he makes an address then you have his words and ideas to argue against, or to call him out on. If you prevent him from speaking, then it gives people cause to wonder why. What are you afraid of people hearing?

    • Toastrider

      Hence the issues we’ve been having here in the States.

      The cure for bad speech is sunshine and more speech. Haul it out into the light and demand people defend themselves. It’s VERY telling that the left’s modus operandi, without fail, has been not to demand a debate, but to demand silence and submission.

      To which our response should be ‘Lan astaslem!’ (Arabic, ‘I will not surrender’. Oriana Fallaci popularized the phrase when she became harshly critical of Islam in her later years.)