Is John Bercow the right man to be Speaker – MoneyWeek

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Byelectinghim,MPshavegivenaninsultingV-signtotheBritishpeopleandmadeapowerfulpublicdeclarationthattheydontvaluecommonhonestyanddecency,saysPeterOborneintheDailyMail。

Weneeded,andcouldhavehad,afigureofstatureandintegrity。

Instead,wehaveastrutting,preeningcareerpoliticianwhoseembroilmentintheexpensesscandalovertheflippingofhishomesmakeshiselectiontothisimportantpostimpossibletoaccept。

IhavenoideawhetherBercowwillbeanygoodatthejob,buttheToriesangerattheriseofamoderniserraisesfreshquestionsaboutwhattheywouldbelikeiftheywinthenextelection,saysSteveRichardsinTheIndependent。

Bercowisnoravingleftie:hehasmadeastandonafewlimitedissues,includinghissupportforgayadoptionandtheabolitionoftheanti-gaySection28。

AnditsludicroustoaccusehimofsuckinguptoLabourMPsforyearsinabidtobecomeSpeaker。

ItwasonlyaftertheexpensesscandalforcedMichaelMartinoutthatthevacancyarose。

Untilthen,itseemedalmostcertaintheelectionforSpeakerwouldtakeplaceinthenextparliament,whentheToriesareexpectedtobethebiggestparty。

IftheToriesdowin,therehasbeentalkofunseatinghim。

Butintruth,BercowwouldhavetobecaughtinaWestminsterloowithanentireunder-agechoirtobedefrocked,saidMichaelWhiteinTheGuardian。

Butishesobad?

Hiselectionmaybeanactofwell-poisoningbyaretreatingarmy,butitcouldalso,asoneleftwingerassuredme,beagenuineattempttotellvotersthatthegovernmentunderstandstheirangerandwantstopresentthemwithareformist,clean-breakcandidate。

Bercowmayliveuptothebilling,saysTheTimes。

Heisyoung,eloquent,liberalandanavowedmoderniser…Heisobviouslysuperiortohispredecessor。

Indeed,thereiseverychancethatMrSpeakerBercowmightberememberedasagreatholderoftheoffice。

Thedangeristhatheisrathertoofondofthesoundofhisownvoiceandforallhistalkofchange,toomuchofatraditionalist。

BercowneedstobeimpatientwithtraditionsthatgetbetweenParliamentandthevoter,toaddresstheexpensesissue,anddeliveronthepromisemadebyallthecandidatestohandbackpowertothelegislaturefromtheexecutive。

Hefacesnoshortageofchallenges。

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