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Sally Bercow's Westminster novel

Michael Crick | 14:52 UK time, Friday, 8 April 2011

Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons Speaker John Bercow, is touting round a novel she's written called Westminster Spouses.

Mrs Bercow has been unusually quiet since the appearance a few weeks ago of the famous photo of her dressed in nothing but a bath-towel.

The reason, I'm told, is that she's been beavering away on her book.

MPs will be watching developments anxiously, no doubt. Will there be scenes of MPs having sex in the Commons chamber, or even in the Speaker's chair? (Though I imagine that would be quite uncomfortable).

If so, then it could prove hugely damaging to her husband's position, which has been considerably harmed by his wife's activities in recent months. The book is due to be published next year.

"You had to read quite a lot before there was any sex at all," says a friend who has read part of the manuscript. "And then it wasn't very good sex."

Meanwhile, Sally Bercow has condemned the decision by the Parliamentary Bookshop, opposite the Commons, not to stock the recent biography of John Bercow by my sometime Newsnight colleague Bobby Friedman.

The shop premises are rented from the Westminster authorities, and any profits go towards the running of Parliament.

The decision is "Establishment pomposity", Sally Bercow recently texted Friedman.

"Tis completely ridiculous that bookshop not stocking & nowt to do with us."

I'm very glad to hear that.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    ON A PAR?

    An OBJECTIVE appraisal of the 'level' at which Westminster functions, reveals that the antics of Sally Bercow lie, seamlessly, along-side.

    The only difference between them is that Westminster has woven an illusion of elevation - Emperor's New Clothes style - whereas Sally is - as they say - just Sally - down and flirty. What you get, is what you see.

    Sally is really not a problem. BUT GOVERNANCE AT THAT LEVEL?

    Nuff sed.

  • Comment number 2.

    'Mrs Bercow has been unusually quiet'

    By recollection, that may be more a matter of relative values, but OK.

    However, good to see the BBC providing one of Aunty's favourite nieces that which she craves above all. 'Sisters, keep doing it...'

    Sadly, again, this part of the world could have remained unadvised.

  • Comment number 3.

    'Meanwhile, Sally Bercow has condemned the decision by the Parliamentary Bookshop, opposite the Commons, not to stock the recent biography of John Bercow by my sometime Newsnight colleague Bobby Friedman.'

    Ah yes, a biography of John Bercow, right up there with those of Premiership footballers in their early twenties and Kerry Katona.

  • Comment number 4.

    “Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons Speaker John Bercow, is touting round a novel she's written called Westminster Spouses.”


    Poor John Bercow - as if he didn’t have enough issues already!

  • Comment number 5.

    "My guiding rule is that in any story there's usually something the politicians would prefer the world not to know."
    MC

    Just the opposite in this case, free publicity plug for the Bercows and your mate.

    What about asking Bercow and the MPs about Section 554E(8) in the new Finance Bill going through Parliament, specifically exempting MPs and IPSA from the new anti-tax loophole legislation, if they're actually caught by it.

    Quote:
    "(8)Chapter 2 does not apply by reason of a relevant step taken by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in relation to a member of the House of Commons."

    Why are they exempt from legislation that applies to everyone else?
    Michael? Is this something they'd 'prefer the world not to know'? Have you covered this yet?

  • Comment number 6.

    I say again, rather than report on Sally Bercow's new 'novel', why not ask her husband about another work of dubious authorship, Section 554E(8) in the new Finance Bill? A piece of complex legislation designed in part to prevent tax avoidance through disguised renumeration for employers and employees alike.
    MPs exempt, it appears.

    Quote:
    "(8)Chapter 2 does not apply by reason of a relevant step taken by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in relation to a member of the House of Commons."

    Any thoughts, Michael?

    MODS, there's nothing contained here that isn't already in the public domain; the subject is relevant to Bercow's position and to any political journalist of integrity, one assumes.

  • Comment number 7.

    IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE (#6)

    Based on 11 months of enquiry, I can assert that the Westminster charade is protected by a matrix of carefully crafted 'regulation', that never quite nails malpractice. Further, any official body has a code of practice configured to the same end. The Advertising Standards Authority is SPECIFICALLY denied oversight of election literature.

    'CORRUPTION' does not describe. The word implies something has been degraded from a higher state. NO. Westminster seems to be designed, from first 'principles', to be unprincipled. And I do not doubt that this is the root of the UNEARNED ubiquitous title: 'HONOURABLE'.

    Almost as if to confirm my point, the EU parliament appears to have had corruption built-in from foundations up. Will their accounts ever be signed off? Does anyone care?

    Nuff sed.

  • Comment number 8.

    A better name for the book, if at all autobiographical, might have been Little and Large. Or perhaps even better, Belittled and Enlarged.

  • Comment number 9.

    Bravo, Sally, keep it up girl...

 

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