Benn: Bercow for President!

King of Labour's Left Tony Benn today called for the Speaker of the House of Commons to be made President of Britain.

 

King of Labour’s Left Tony Benn today called for the Speaker of the House of Commons to be made President of Britain.

Appearing before Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Committee this morning, the inventor said:

“I think the problem with a directly elected Head of State is a problem really you get a conflict between two sources of authority, someone elected by the people, like an American President, would have a degree of authority that they could claim was greater than the authority of those in Parliament, who are large numbers and divided and so on, so I prefer the idea of a titular Head of State, and strangely enough if you’re looking for a suitable titular Head of State I think the Speaker of the House of Commons would be perfect, he is elected by Parliament, he’s respected, he understands the constitution, and if you had him and a prime minister who’s really accountable for what he did I think that would be the best balance you could get.”

Watch it:

Speaker Bercow’s already got his Coat of Arms, so why not President John and First Lady Sally?!

See also:

Monarchy “perpetuates inequality” says Plaid AMEd Jacobs, June 8th 2011

Verdict of the British people: “Long to reign over us”Daniel Elton, April 29th 2011

Royal wedding guest list is an embarrassment to the countryDominic Browne, April 28th 2011

And the winner is…Claire French, September 25th 2010

More detail needed from Tony Benn’s call to armsWill Straw, August 4th 2010

35 Responses to “Benn: Bercow for President!”

  1. tangentreality

    What an absolutely awful idea.

  2. T Thompson

    Benn supports John Bercow for President? I can go with that http://t.co/FdbkDozr

  3. Phil

    Interesting idea. I’m usually against replacing the Monarchy because of the split of power that would occur, one in power in Parliament where the speaker is now makes sense. Having an impartial President elected by those we’ve elected is certainly more democratic than the current arrangement.

  4. DPWF

    Bercow for President, suggests Tony Benn(!) Actually, the more I think about it, the better an idea that sounds… http://t.co/c9hBgf6c

  5. Political Planet

    Benn: Bercow for President!: King of Labour's Left Tony Benn today called for the Speaker of the House of Common… http://t.co/EtAvrhlg

  6. Jed Miliband

    “@leftfootfwd: WATCH: Tony Benn calls for John Bercow to be President! http://t.co/BpvMoaDz – @ShamikDas reports” << about time too

  7. Selohesra

    “…., he’s respected, …” – what planet is Benn on?

  8. malcolm

    WATCH: Tony Benn calls for John Bercow to be President! http://t.co/SuAlY4xw – @ShamikDas reports

  9. Stephen Wigmore

    That has got to be one of the best arguments for the Monarchy that I’ve heard of for a long time.

    President Bercow, head of state. And our First Lady, Sally Bercow.

    I think the Monarchy may be safe for a while if this is the best republicans can come up with.

  10. Shamik Das

    Must watch! RT @leftfootfwd: WATCH: Tony Benn calls for John Bercow to be President! http://t.co/rgmvkXdQ – @ShamikDas reports

  11. Tom Griffin

    OK,lets run with it RT @leftfootfwd: WATCH: Tony Benn calls for John Bercow to be President! http://t.co/oA3EmFvz – @ShamikDas reports

  12. Joshua G B Hardy

    RT @leftfootfwd: Benn: Bercow for President! http://t.co/wrCRGoLS Tony Benn has cracked it!

  13. Pat Raven

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  14. Rowland Paul Hill

    WATCH: Tony Benn calls for John Bercow to be President! http://t.co/SuAlY4xw – @ShamikDas reports

  15. Archbishop Cranmer

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  16. Ed West

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  17. House Of Twits

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  18. Cllr Jeremy Bellamy

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  19. Colin Jamieson

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  20. jorjun

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  21. Claire Beenham

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  22. Ben McCabe

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  23. Aaron Jackman

    Tony Benn reckons John Bercow (Speaker in the House of Commons) should be President of England(?) http://t.co/RZJgBh3U

  24. Garth Godsman

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  25. Caroline Gurney

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  26. Xander Lucie-Smith

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  27. rgdavies

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  28. Humphrey Canniffe

    Funnily enough Mr Benn, in practice the directly elected Irish president doesn't take any authority from parliament http://t.co/snzMjJ7h

  29. Mark

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  30. Dr Paul Buckley

    Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/AYiGMDTw

  31. Sean Lynch

    @j_sullivan21 what we need is President Bercow – http://t.co/7fVLOG9z

  32. Dave

    RT @toadmeister Good God! Tony Benn wants John Bercow to be President http://t.co/Ttu1cS78 <LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and her heirs and successors

  33. Charlie Cadywould

    RT @leftfootfwd: Benn: Bercow for President! http://t.co/VFoXlglC

  34. David Vaughan

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tony Benn: Bercow for President! http://t.co/J7Q0p4Ie @RepublicStaff

  35. David Wilkinson

    Brilliant idea! http://t.co/L0O77F0i << Make the Speaker of the House of Commons our President. Non-partisan yet elected figure.

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