It's time for Cameron to get tough- on his own MPs

There are two big reasons why Conservatives are behind in the polls. The first is that Gordon Brown is seen as ‘macho’ and David Cameron as weak, to say the least (how time have changed in recent months!) The second is that voters do not think the Conservative Party is really changing. Today, Michael Ancram, a pompous prat of the first order, trashes civil partnerships and advocates withdrawal from the European Union – on the same day as the Party’s Public Services Improvement Policy Group, led by former cabinet minister Stephen Dorell, MP, and leading educationalist, Baroness Perry of Southwark, publishes some really exciting ideas.

Yesterday, John Bercow, the smug little arrogant Labour-apologist and some-time Conservative MP, took up Gordon Brown’s offer to advise the Labour government on children with disabilities. What Bercow knows about children with disabilities is anyone's guess. Bercow has always been an attention-seeker: first as a leading light in the hard-right Monday Club and now as an MP to the left of Dennis Skinner. Patrick Mercer (another one of Gordon's Tory recruits) appears to be suffering from sour grapes, after Cameron sacked him earlier on in the year over controversial comments on ethnic minority army officiers.

Hunter can remember meeting Bercow at the 2001 Conservative Party conference at a TORCHE event. He harangued me on the importance of the Conservative Party reaching out to the gay community. Hunter informed him of his own sexuality, reminded him of his involvement in the Monday Club and told him to go fuck himself.

Now, David Cameron has the opportunity to reassert his authority by telling his MPs that they’re with us or against us. Criticism of the Party should only be made in private; MPs are there to promote the Party, not aid the Labour government. In the case of these three MPs, Ancram and Mercer should be shown the Yellow card. Without any doubt whatsoever, Bercow should be shown the Red card – the colour of his soon-to-be new party.

Dizzy has written a very good post here on the same subject - his bad language, though, seems to be catchy...


Croydonian said...

Justin - Don't beat about the bush, give it to them straight.

Simon Icke said...

As a constituent of John Bercow I have followed his words and actions very closely. The following words come to mind: disloyal, self seeking opportunist, a man of few principles, a man who changes his views with every favourable wind. A man who has moved from being right wing member of the 'Monday Club' to now wanting to be seen as the trendy liberal reformer; who has now got into bed with New Labour. In my view this man would sell his soul to the devil if it meant personal advancement and is not to be trusted. He is the reason I did not renew my Conservative Party membership. I hope a true independent conservative stands against him at the next election, that's if he is not deslected by party officials before hand.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...


Renew your membership ASAP. If, as I hope, there is a vote of no-confidence you can help get rid of him.

Simon Icke said...

John Bercow's changing liberal views and disloyalty 2002-to date

Source: The Times, UK

Pub Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2002

Authors Tom Baldwin and Andrew Pierce



TORY wounds on drugs and gay rights are reopened today with the leak of a letter showing that a member of the Shadow Cabinet backs the repeal of laws against cannabis and the promotion of homosexuality.

John Bercow, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said that legalisation of cannabis would help the party to "reconnect with millions of people who consider the present law to be an ass". His letter, a copy of which has been obtained by The Times, said that allowing people to take cannabis legally would break the link with hard-drug pushers and encourage "freedom and responsibility".

Mr Bercow, the first Shadow Cabinet minister to advocate lifting the ban, added: "As long as people are given health warnings, they should be free to choose for themselves. Our approach has seemed shrill, impracticable and eerily detached from the reality of the lives of millions of our fellow citizens. This must change."

He also condemned the party for blocking the repeal of Section 28 laws, which are designed to prevent local authorities promoting homosexuality.

Those who "fulminate in support" of Section 28 have "only the haziest idea of its meaning in practice", he said. Aspects of the law are "gratuitously offensive", and Tories should be the "foe of all bigots" instead of choosing to "die in the ditch to defend" the policy.

The letter's disclosure reflects the growing tension between Tory traditionalists, who resent social liberals such as Mr Bercow, and modernisers, who are frustrated with the slow pace of change.

During the Tory leadership election last year Mr Duncan Smith sought to broaden his appeal by promising to review the party's position on cannabis and Section 28. Since then there have been no changes to policy in these areas, even though the Government has promised a softer approach to cannabis and signalled that it will launch another attempt to repeal Section 28 next


Steven Norris, a leading moderniser, said last night: "How long does it take to review policy on Section 28? It's time to say 'no' to that piece of legislation, and maybe 'yo!' to cannabis."

Mr Bercow wrote the letter to Ann Widdecombe last July, before she quit as Shadow Home Secretary, when he was a member of her team.

His allies said yesterday that the leak, almost a year after the letter was written, could be an attempt to embarrass him after a series of rows on issues such as the rights of gay couples to adopt to children. Indeed, one leading Tory traditionalist said: "John should stick to his brief and stop stirring up trouble for Iain."

Mr Bercow said: "I've no intention of commenting on what was, until now, private correspondence." Asked if he still held the views expressed in the letter, he replied: "I'm a member of the Shadow Cabinet and I am pleased to share responsibility for the party's policies."

He has already been slapped down for previous comments on such issues. When he hinted in an interview last year that he did not support an "all-out war" against soft drugs, Mr Bercow was forced to issue an immediate statement saying he did not advocate legalisation of cannabis.

Miss Widdecombe, whose hardline stance on cannabis prompted an infamous Shadow Cabinet revolt two years ago when eight of her colleagues admitted having experimented with the drug, also refused to discuss the leaked letter. She made it clear, however, that she remained deeply opposed to Mr Bercow's views. On Section 28, Miss Widdecombe said: "It's the duty of Conservatives to protect the vulnerable and I can think of nothing more vulnerable than the innocent minds of young children."

Oh and you might find this very interesting also A letter I wrote at the time about John Bercow's changing views Published in the Yorkshire Post 05.Nov 2002

Changing opinions of Tory rebel

From: Simon Icke, Buckinghamshire.
Sir, – Surprise! Surprise! Leading Conservative MP John Bercow, MP for Buckinghamshire has shown yet again that he is more liberal than conservative when it comes to modern-day moral issues.

He takes the liberal line on yet another moral issue, this time publicly supporting a move to allow unmarried and gay couples to adopt children.
His liberal views first came to light when he voted with the Labour Government to lower the age of consent for gays to just 16 years of age.
Then this summer he went on national television to declare his enthusiastic support for the scrapping of section 28. (The clause that prevents local authorities from promoting gay sex education in schools.)
Which was news to me, one of his constituents at the time, as he had a signed letter from Mr Bercow, on House of Commons notepaper, dated March 17, 2000 stating: "Whilst it appears that we must agree to disagree about the age of consent, I am glad that we are in agreement about the importance of retaining Section
Now he defied his party's three line whip and his party leader Iain Duncan Smith and not only speaks in the Commons in support of the move to allow unmarried and gay couples to adopt children.
He feels so strongly about this issue he resigns his Shadow Cabinet position!
Mr Bercow has clearly made his position known on three very controversial moral issues, each time adopting the liberal line. If Mr Bercow feels more comfortable with supporting trendy liberal views rather than traditional conservative views, wouldn't he be better off in the Liberal Democratic Party or even New Labour?
Perhaps Mr Bercow and his buddy Michael Portillo are about to launch their new liberal Conservative Party (which will be a contradiction in terms) or perhaps Mr Bercow thinks Iain Duncan Smith's days are numbered as party leader and he's ready to support Mr Portillo in yet another leadership challenge?

Simon Icke's Letter Published in the DAILY MAIL Sept 13 , 2007


'The disloyalty of my constituency MP, John Bercow, is the main reason why I haven't renewed my Conservative Party membership. I've watched him move farther and farther to the left, so it comes as no surprise that he has accepted a job with New Labour.
I'll never forget when he publicly stabbed Iain Duncan Smith in the back, resigning his shadow post in such a way as to cause IDS maximum damage. He's a self appointed-champion of the militant gay rights lobby, even though his enthusiastic pursuit of these rights has meant riding roughshod over people's religious beliefs and values.
He can't be a man of any real principles when he shows no loyalty to the Conservative Party or its leaders. He's just an opportunist who blows with every favourable wind. Before his constituency realise that he is now a trendy Left-wing liberal masquerading as a conservative and deselect him, he should remove himself as MP for Buckingham so we can have a real Conservative, with traditional conservative values and ideology'.

Simon Icke, Aston Clinton, Bucks.

Comment 15.09.07

It seems John Bercow was starting to show his 'liberal New Labour colours' 5 years ago. It is also very clear that he was just as prepared to change his conservative views and values for liberal trendy ones just as easily then, has he does now.........

......but with an 18,000 majority he probably thinks he is fireproof...........

What does he have to do or say before his constituency realise he no longer holds conservative values and ideology? Will the officials ever have the courage to deselect him? They did nothing 5 years ago, will they do anything now? I doubt it..........

sent to you by

Simon Icke,
(Constituent of John Bercow)