The best epitaph on his Speakership is provided in this series of interventions by the former Leader of the House.
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Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Positively the final performance of the Westminster pantomime with its present cast
The Speaker is retiring, so is the Father of the House, but the Prime Minister looks confident of getting several encores.
A decision by the Speaker that will have surprised no-one. The Second Order of the Withdrawal Bill will take place tomorrow.
John Bercow’s constituents aren’t alone in looking forward to the seat getting a normal MP once more.
It’s time to grasp the real message of the 2016 referendum: that universal suffrage has been a mistake of historic proportions.
Yesterday’s Downing Street briefing and the plight of the Brexit talks suggest that he will ultimately settle for extension. That could be fatal – not least for him.
MPs would thus become the elected equivalents of the welfare scroungers of tabloid legend – dragging the reputation of Parliament even deeper into the mud.
Andrew Gimson’s Conference sketch: The Prime Minister steps forth as heir to Disraeli and champion of Tory Democracy
The Prime Minister demonstrated his abounding vitality, and his love of teasing the prigs who oppose him.
This was the old, cuddly Boris – not the new, Trumpish Johnson – but with a difference. He was remorselessly on-message.
There is a sense with all Johnson speeches that he is somehow parodying a politician making one – that the whole thing is done tongue-in-cheek.
Would we deploy the phrase in a similar way to the Prime Minister yesterday? The answer is that we wouldn’t. Here’s why.
Its verdict fundamentally misunderstands Parliamentary Sovereignty – thus raising big questions about the future of the judiciary and the stability of our constitution.
The Speaker has manipulated of the rules for a political objective, but the Government has been denied the opportunity to respond proportionately in kind.
WATCH: Bercow says that he has “instructed the House authorities” to prepare for the Commons’ return tomorrow
The House will sit at 11.30 tomorrow morning, but there will be no Prime Minister’s Questions.
Interview with Laing, candidate for Speaker: It’s “extraordinary” that whoever holds the office “is totally unaccountable”.
“Dignity, kindness, authority rather than bossiness, and I do believe that those things could be brought to the Chair by a woman.”
The shocking truth about Commons disorder. MPs during Brexit “have been almost shamefully well behaved”
Churchill in his Liberal days wore with pride the scar inflicted on his forehead by the copy of Commons Standing Orders hurled at him by an enraged Tory in 1912.