We learn today that only three Tories voted for Bercow in the Speaker election. Nadine ‘off her’ Dorries was almost spitting with rage at the announcement. Few Tories clapped in the Chamber. Bercow, although a Tory, was not ‘one of them’. All in all, frankly, a pretty poor show. Dorries, apparently, described the election as a V sign to the British public by Labour.
Paul Waugh, writing in the Standard has this tale – which hardly reflects well on the so called ‘New Tories’.
I quote: “….One mutters that Bercow wasn’t even a grammar school boy. But another example of snobbery that takes the biscuit is this:
A Shadow Cabinet minister was asked about the new Speaker’s robes and their resemblance to an Oxbridge student dressed for High Table. “I think you’ll find that he didn’t attend that kind of university….unlike me,” came the withering reply.”
Alan Duncan is reported as saying on Sky: “I think it’s undoubtedly true to say that John is a motivated and complex character. I think that a lot of people, of course, are annoyed that he worked out how to get elected and got there.”
It would appear that the Tory party still has a number of snobs and bed-wetters in it. Surprised?