Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Gorbals Mick Smiles at £100,000 Reward for Hayman
One man has a big smile on his face tonight is Gorbals Mick, the Speaker of the House of Commons. He was terrified that the Lords would elect a heavyweight figure as the Lord Speaker who might outshine him. Let's face it, it wouldn't be difficult. But instead the Labour Peers were whipped to vote en bloc for Baroness Helene Hayman. Helene who? You may well ask. Her claim to fame is that she hit the headlines in the mid 1970s when she was MP for Welwyn & Hatfield and decided to breastfeed her child in Central Lobby. She was an utterly useless Minister at Transport & DEFRA and Blair sacked her in 2001. As the Lord Speaker she won't even call peers to speak or rule on points of order. It really makes you wonder why the taxpayer is paying her £100,000 for the pleadure of sitting on a sack of wool, doesn't it? It seems the desire of Labour to pile on the costs of government is endless.