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Bercow is under impossible pressure.

On the one hand a third vote is against all Parliamentary tradition, as codified in Erskine May. On the other hand the Tories will send over their media kneecapping squad if he doesn't.

He doesn't seem to have made up his mind yet.

The news for May keeps getting better and better. Former ally Matthew Parris has said in a Spiegel interview that almost everyone in the party now thinks that May - hired as a safe pair of hands - is actually mean, rude, cruel, and stupid.

Which actually makes her a good representative for a fair proportion of voters.

But not all, and certainly not a majority.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 17th, 2019 at 11:05:51 AM EST
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Yes, but probably a majority of conservative voters. As for a majority of Conservative party members (average age 70+), even Boris and Rees-Mogg may be a bit on the liberal side. Certainly they won't vote for any alternative leader to the left of Boris, or possibly Gove, at a stretch. Hammond or Rudd need not apply, even if they could get a nomination from the parliamentary party.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 17th, 2019 at 04:46:06 PM EST
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Conservatives only use tradition as an excuse to get what they want.  They ignore it when it suits them.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Mar 17th, 2019 at 07:52:46 PM EST
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Tradition is Conservatives getting what they want - or the accumulation of conservative victories over time.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 17th, 2019 at 08:25:20 PM EST
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