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In defence of John Bercow

He can be verbose and pompous, and his memoir is used to settle old scores. But the former speaker will be remembered for championing parliament in the face of an arrogant and incompetent executive

By Chris Mullin   April 2020

A woman takes a selfie with Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. Photo: PA

It is not every day one finds oneself in agreement with Jacob Rees-Mogg. At the height of the Brexit crisis, a BBC interviewer invited him to denounce John Bercow. “I won’t do that,” he replied, “because I think he is a historically significant Speaker.”

For what it’s worth, so do I. In an age when politics and politicians in general are low in public esteem, he has done more than any…

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