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Brief Encounter: John Bercow

"I suppose I just keep buggering on"

By Prospect Team   April 2017

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What is the first news/historical event you can recall?

The Winter of Discontent.

What is the book you most wish you’d written?

Robert Caro’s multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson.

One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Work hard, believe in yourself, and try to do for a living something that you enjoy. With respect to the last, I count myself very lucky.

What is your favourite saying or quotation?

Winston Churchill’s exhortation to “KBO” (“Keep Buggering On”) has always struck a chord with me.

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