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Here is a selection of various articles about Michael Martin, The Right Honourable Speaker of the House of Commons.




Focus on the Piggy-in-Chief, the Speaker Michael Martin. This is the man supposedly in charge of reform, he is as unsuited to reforming and opening up parliament as can be. The Sunday Times has a fantastic investigation into his affairs by Stephen Robinson. It shows just how Michael Martin has enriched himself and his family at our expense. In many ways the Speaker symbolises all that is wrong with our parliamentarians, the arrogant sense of self entitlement, the dodgy payments to family and friends, the desperate desire to keep it all in the shadows and out of sight of the voters.

Two of the most corrupt people in the House of Commons—and that's xxxxing saying something, frankly.

Via Guido, this Times article very quietly (and, it must be said, with liberal use of hearsay) absolutely destroys Michael Martin, the Speaker of the House of Weasels Commons.

The man comes across as an absolute shit of the very first water, and as a man who has a massive chip on each shoulder—that of being Scottish on one, and that of being poor and uneducated on the other.

Martin is temperamentally ill-suited to dealing with the tempest caused by MPs’ expenses because he is stubborn and old-fashioned in his view of Commons procedure.


Martin is "ill-suited to dealing with the tempest caused by MPs’ expenses" because he is also mired in the scandal himself: Michael Martin is absolutely corrupt. He is, in fact, possibly the single most corrupt man in Parliament, not only because he has fraudulently enriched himself at taxpayers' expense (because all of them have been doing that for years) but because he has denigrated the office that he represents—he, rather more than anyone else (except, perhaps, Tony Blair), has contributed to the contempt in which the vast majority of interested observers hold the House.

It is entirely obvious that the man has utter contempt for the traditions of the House and for the responsibilities and status of his job.

Yet Martin has seemed incapable of enjoying his prize. From the start he appeared convinced that colleagues and the media were doing him down. He annoyed traditionalists by abandoning the Speaker’s wig and tights. He struggled with procedures, and did not always appear to know members’ names when calling them to speak. He was surprised to be told he had to resign from the Labour party to preserve the Speaker’s historic neutrality, and did so only reluctantly. One former official suggests that the Speaker was not exactly a workaholic. Where previous Speakers had spare time to prepare for official receptions by reading up on the guests, Martin, the former official recalls, tended to disappear to his private suite to watch television.

In other words, Michael Martin is not only corrupt, venal, insecure and stupid, he is also absolutely xxxxing bone-idle. The man is, in other words, utterly unfit to hold the office of Speaker and, as this article makes clear, at heart a deeply, deeply unpleasant man.

In short, Michael Martin is a total xxnt, unfit to hold a paid public office—something that he has amply demonstrated through his ruthless and greedy pillaging of the public purse.

It was at this point that Mrs Martin began claiming back over £4,000 worth of taxi receipts for shopping trips with her housekeeper, supposedly buying food for official functions.The Speaker and his wife have the entire Commons catering operation at their disposal for official functions, so the idea that Mrs Martin would need to take a taxi to buy cocktail nibbles was regarded as risible. Mike Granatt, a PR man drafted in to restore the Speaker’s reputation, resigned after finding he had been misled by the Speaker’s office about the nature of those trips.

There was bemusement when the Speaker retained the libel specialists Carter-Ruck to deal with journalists’ inquiries, then fury on all sides of the Commons when a parliamentary question revealed that the firm’s bills had reached £21,517. In fact, the row over Carter-Ruck’s services concealed a huge increase in overall spending on legal advice by the House of Commons Commission, through which the Speaker runs the parliamentary estate. In 2003-4, total legal costs were £108,921. Last year they had soared to £731,101, which included some fees paid relating to construction and refurbishment

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...if these allegations are true ..it is a reflection on the current government that he is allowed to carry on without proper investigation....IMHO it's not as if he is any good at his job..!... <_<

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I suspect that, along with some significant changes to the BBC, handing Martin his P45 is pretty near the top of the Tories' 'to do' list once they get into government. However, there is nothing to be gained by revealing their plans for either before the event.

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...if these allegations are true ..it is a reflection on the current government that he is allowed to carry on without proper investigation....IMHO it's not as if he is any good at his job..!... <_<

I'd suggest we all go and protest outside of parliament ... but that isn't legal anymore! :o

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