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Old 25-10-2013, 06:17
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Sally Bercow banged to rights, her lack of common sense and false denials over a tweet is said to have left her 'substantially out of pocket’.

Sally Bercow was castigated for lacking ‘common sense’ as she finally apologised for libelling Lord McAlpine yesterday.

The Speaker’s wife issued a grovelling apology to the Tory peer at the High Court to draw a line under her comments on Twitter.

The 43-year-old agreed to pay £15,000 in damages, which will be donated to the Chelsea Pensioners, and has been left with a six-figure legal bill.
The settlement was agreed at court yesterday, with Mrs Bercow apologising. Speaking on her behalf, William McCormick QC, said: ‘Mrs Bercow withdraws the allegation she made on Twitter unreservedly, and apologies sincerely to Lord McAlpine for the great damage and distress which her tweeting caused him.

‘Mrs Bercow wishes and hopes that as a result of this matter other Twitter users will behave more responsibly in how they use that platform. She certainly intends to do so herself.’

Lord McAlpine’s solicitor, Andrew Reid, said his client offered to settle in January ‘in an attempt to avoid the detrimental effect of litigation on his health’.

However, Mrs Bercow ‘was not prepared at the relevant time to avail herself of this reasonable offer’.
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Old 25-10-2013, 06:18
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My understanding is Ms Bercow who lives a luxuary lifestyle at taxpayers expense has settled the matter out of court.
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Old 25-10-2013, 08:21
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I'm glad the money went to a good cause.

Maybe she will think twice before spouting off in future.
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Old 25-10-2013, 08:30
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Compulsive attention seeker pays £15,000 for one years worth of high profile attention.
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Old 25-10-2013, 08:54
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Don't forget her 6 figure legal bill.... I'm not so sure she will think it was worth the cost.
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Old 25-10-2013, 09:58
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Horrendous woman caught out for once.

I expect she doesn't really give a damn, but finally had to concede some responsibility on the advice of her lawyers before she dropped herself even further in it.

Perhaps she will think twice before shooting her mouth off in future, but somehow I very much doubt it.
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Old 25-10-2013, 10:30
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Did any off you actually read what Sally tweeted? It was nothing compared to some of the tweets flying around in those few days. She has been made an example of because of who she is.
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Old 25-10-2013, 10:58
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Did any off you actually read what Sally tweeted? It was nothing compared to some of the tweets flying around in those few days. She has been made an example of because of who she is.
She was doing a 'nudge nudge, wink wink' over the myth someone being a paedophile, while presenting herself as the champion of the underdog. Well the bitch got owned.

This is the attention seeking wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, so she's well connected politically. Whose followers may well think she has inside info.
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Old 25-10-2013, 10:59
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Did any off you actually read what Sally tweeted? It was nothing compared to some of the tweets flying around in those few days. She has been made an example of because of who she is.
‘Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *Innocent face*’
How exactly is this saying that he was the one? What's the meaning of 'trending'?
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Old 25-10-2013, 11:07
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How exactly is this saying that he was the one? What's the meaning of 'trending'?
'trending' means that multiple twitter users are all referring to the same thing, in this case McAlpine. The clear implication here is that there's no smoke without fire.
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Old 25-10-2013, 11:08
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She was doing a 'nudge nudge, wink wink' over the myth someone being a paedophile, while presenting herself as the champion of the underdog. Well the bitch got owned.

This is the attention seeking wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, so she's well connected politically. Whose followers may well think she has inside info.
^^^^^^^^^^
This She is a prolific Tweeter with a large number of followers.
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Old 25-10-2013, 11:10
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How exactly is this saying that he was the one? What's the meaning of 'trending'?
I rather like old Sally, she certainly doesnt kow tow to the political stuffed shirts in Westminster.

She says, it is her husbands job, not hers and she has her own opinions and states them.

I do think she has a side to her which needs to be reigned in a bit as she has obviously made enemies in the political and newspaper circles as they slate her endlessly and relish when she does something contraversial.

On the other hand, she does go out of her way to bring things down on herself, but all in all I think she is OK.
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Old 25-10-2013, 11:30
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My understanding is Ms Bercow who lives a luxuary lifestyle at taxpayers expense has settled the matter out of court.
She has little choice but to reside in the building her husbands job entails, it comes with the job.
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Old 25-10-2013, 13:09
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What did she say?
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Old 25-10-2013, 13:19
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5 posts above yours ..
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Old 25-10-2013, 13:48
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She has little choice but to reside in the building her husbands job entails, it comes with the job.
She has massive choice, is there a law that forces the Bercows to live in luxuary above the shop?

Until 2008/09 Bercow usually claimed the maximum available amount for the 'Additional Costs Allowance' to pay for the cost of staying away from his main home.

During the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal, it was revealed that Bercow changed the designation of his second home on more than one occasion – meaning that he avoided paying capital gains tax on the sale of two properties.
Within weeks of taking office as Speaker, Bercow ordered a redecoration and refurbishment of the Speaker's grace and favour apartment in the Palace of Westminster, buying a large television and a DVD player; the work cost £20,659 and was paid for by Parliament
The apartment has at least 4 bedrooms one of which is for the nanny. Over £3000 spent on chid proofing, convert a study into a playroom £2000, kitchen provide large clock £80, planters on terrace for child safety £3880.

Of course poor old Sally had nothing to do with this and did not benefit, it was all beyond her control she was unable to stop the money being spent. I feel her pain as do her children.
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Old 25-10-2013, 14:34
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I rather like old Sally, she certainly doesnt kow tow to the political stuffed shirts in Westminster.

She says, it is her husbands job, not hers and she has her own opinions and states them.

I do think she has a side to her which needs to be reigned in a bit as she has obviously made enemies in the political and newspaper circles as they slate her endlessly and relish when she does something contraversial.

On the other hand, she does go out of her way to bring things down on herself, but all in all I think she is OK.
As far as some go, I'd say it's because she votes Labour.
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Old 25-10-2013, 14:39
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She has massive choice, is there a law that forces the Bercows to live in luxuary above the shop?





The apartment has at least 4 bedrooms one of which is for the nanny. Over £3000 spent on chid proofing, convert a study into a playroom £2000, kitchen provide large clock £80, planters on terrace for child safety £3880.

Of course poor old Sally had nothing to do with this and did not benefit, it was all beyond her control she was unable to stop the money being spent. I feel her pain as do her children.
I'll never understand why politicians claim such big amounts for things. They must have a load in the Bank. If they're not going to use it, why bother working for pay? It smacks to me of greed!
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Old 25-10-2013, 14:56
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As far as some go, I'd say it's because she votes Labour.
Not only votes for Labour but she stood as a Labour candidate for Westminster Council in 2010
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Old 25-10-2013, 17:18
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As far as some go, I'd say it's because she votes Labour.
Very much so.

And most Tory MPs dislike John Bercow.
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Old 25-10-2013, 18:16
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The ridiculous woman knew EXACTLY what she was doing when she posted her little tweet, so I'm glad to see her punished. I'm just sorry she won't actually miss the money or truly feel in any way hard-done by.
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Old 25-10-2013, 18:25
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It's the *innocent face* at the end of the tweet which really shows her up. How pathetically immature.

But Twitter does seem to turn people into childish halfwits with no ability to consider the consequences of their actions.
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Old 25-10-2013, 19:10
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Very much so.

And most Tory MPs dislike John Bercow.
They feel that he's biased against them

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...r-say-MPs.html
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Old 25-10-2013, 19:12
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I do not care for him at all, a supercilious little man, but I think/hope Sally will not let him get away with that at home.
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Old 25-10-2013, 19:44
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The ridiculous woman knew EXACTLY what she was doing when she posted her little tweet, so I'm glad to see her punished. I'm just sorry she won't actually miss the money or truly feel in any way hard-done by.
Absolutely. She got so caught up in her own importance, thought she was so clever but then didn't have the intelligence to take ownership and responsibility when the shit hit the fan. Had she just put her hands up and said mea culpa at the time, and apologised, I'm pretty sure McA's lawyers would have not come after her.
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