Politics 3 September 2009 Farage v Bercow What a shame they can't both lose Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Ukip's Nigel Farage has announced that he will break with parliamentary convention to challenge the new Speaker, John Bercow, in his Buckingham constituency at the next election, because, he says: . . . MPs "have broken the trust" of the British people and Mr Bercow "represents the worst" of the Commons. Pot. Kettle. Black. The contest will put Farage -- he of "£2m MEP expenses" fame -- against Bercow -- he of "£760 window-seat cushions" fame. I pity the poor people of Buckingham and I can't help but be reminded of Henry Kissinger's dictum on the Iran-Iraq war: "What a shame they can't both lose." › The legacy of Lockerbie Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!