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3 September 2009

Farage v Bercow

What a shame they can't both lose

By Mehdi Hasan

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.

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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.”