EUROPEANS may well be finding light relief in Commons Speaker John Bercow’s antics and selective interpretation of the Parliamentary democratic process, as the Guardian relates, but for any true democrat he is no laughing matter.
Like Mrs May he has an unhealthy regard for his own necessity. He has been Speaker since 2009. That he has been re-elected twice and foiled all attempts to get rid of him says little for the sense of his colleagues in the House.
We won’t go into his role in the expenses scandal or the bullying allegations made against him. These pale into insignificance by comparison with his abuse of power in recent weeks and his outright glee at the prospect of a Remainer Parliament taking control of the Brexit process. Even the BBC has reported as ‘concerning’ his unilateral changing of Parliament’s rules to allow Dominic Grieve’s amendment to be tabled.
With that success under his belt, the weeks since have witnessed him acting like a latter-day Henry VIII, revelling in his power and roaring his instructions in an orgy of egoism which, anywhere else, would have led to him being escorted to a darkened room and told to lie down.
Would that he were just a joke. He is not. This week he’s piloted the Parliamentary ship very close the rocks. Now we are told that the decision to scupper, or not, a third attempt by Mrs May to get her Withdrawal Agreement through rests with him. No doubt that will lead to a further inflation of his ego, if that is possible.