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The Speaker unveiled his heraldic yesterday. Have you ever in your puff seen anything so completely naff as this contraption? The one noble aspect, a pair of Essex seax knives (he went to univeristy in Essex), ought to be in three. Every other part of it is staggeringly sad. Apparently the ladder represents that he came from low beginnings. Those four blobs in the middle are tennis balls, because he’s a qualified tennis coach and he likes the game. As we look down, good grief, we have a motto which is ghastly and banal. Pink triangles and rainbow colours are intended to convey, according to the Guardian, his commitment to something called ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights’.

I thought the College of Arms had rules against the absurd, though obviously not.

Conservatives in Buckinghamshire had the opportunity to send Farage to the Commons last year – and voted for this prat instead.

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  1. I think it’s rather fitting for Bercow. It’s small pompous, po faced, self important and bloody ridiculous. I’d say the College of Heralds nailed it.
    I would have thought that a man’s derriere mooning the viewer ‘goatse’ style would also have adequately described BerK-Cow.

    Shame on the tories of Buckinghamshire.

    If you don’t understand the term Goatse..I really wouldn’t recommend googling it …unless your NOT being overlooked as it’s definitely NSFW.

  2. ‘All are equal’ – no, they’re not. In only one respect should there be equality: the theoretical equality before the law, but there isn’t especially for those advantaged members of the hand-shaking community.

  3. Pete,

    I’d never in my puff heard the phrase “in your puff”. Is it Essex dialect? 🙂

    (A little too much PORG bashing on this thread for my liking but hey, if it gives the LGTB community a rest for a while then it can’t be all bad….)

  4. “I’d never in my puff heard the phrase “in your puff”. Is it Essex dialect?”

    Also used widely in Belfast Rchard.

  5. Paul,

    Thanks for the heads-up. I hadn’t come across it before. Wonder where it originated….


    I meant to comment on your “As we look down, good grief, we have a motto which is ghastly and banal.”

    I’m afraid that this can be said of most family mottoes. My own reads, “Tout vient de Dieu”, which translates as “All comes from God”.

    I could be wrong but that seems to me to be as ghastly and banal as “All are equal”.

  6. Richard –

    I can’t remember where I heard it. It could have been Bertie Wooster or the Beano, I just dunno.

    ‘Conlan Abu’ is the Moore war cry, meaning ‘Victory to our Cause’. That’s good, I like that, it has meaning. And it’s better than the insipid words Bercow came up with.

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