In the Brexit debate this week a particular focus: house of Commons Speaker Bercow steel with his unconventional session, line all the Show.
He is small, only 1.67 meters tall, what is claimed to be one of his numerous critics to refer to him as a "sanctimonious, stupid dwarf". But if he calls, the "honourable Gentlemen", the honourable members of her Majesty, to order, John Bercow is quite large.
The 56-year-old son of a taxi driver, with a Jewish-Romanian roots, is the "Speaker of the House," so the President of the lower house. Bercow staged the debates of his chamber than big Show. Hecklers he's taking to see in person. So he advised a troublemaker, he should calm down and Yoga.
As the President of the house of Commons Bercow, the Prime Minister May hard makes life.Not a man of rigid traditions
Now, in the Brexit debate grows, the little man almost. Bercow uses mercilessly the Chance to offer him the divisions within the Cabinet and the weakness of the Prime Minister, in order to strengthen the influence of Parliament.
So he left the request of a member to happen, the Theresa May forces now, three days after the Failure of the withdrawal agreement, a Plan B, to submit. The Brexiteers indignant over an alleged break with the traditions of the British Parliament. Bercow replied just cool: "If we always thought we were only on the Tradition, would be no change possible."
Bercow holds otherwise, not a lot of traditions. When he took over ten years ago, the office, he once old habits: The Parliament, officials will have to now not wear wigs. The Speaker has become for many of his conservative party's friends in the meantime to the red cloth: One of them caught him at the wheel of a car, on an Anti-Brexit-emblazoned sticker.
During the debate on Brexit agreement with the EU Bercow had to call the deputies often loudly.for a Week in the gossip
Bercow columns, rejected the allegation of partiality, however, with the words, it was the car of his wife, and he does not have under control. Sally Bercow shone by the way, once in the British celebrity Big Brother show. The Couple was also columns a week in the gossip, as Sally, the cousin of the Parliament speaker, the foreign went.
at The time Bercow has another Problem: A Committee investigates accusations that he had abused employees. And he had to admit that he had once called quietly muttering the Chairman of the Conservative a "stupid, useless woman". Was celebrated Bercow, however, as he refused to take it before the upcoming state visit Donald trump in a speech by the U.S. President before both houses of Parliament in London.
Bercow actually wanted to leave already last summer, the office of the speaker. However, he made just because he wanted to bring his justification - the Brexit process to the end. Maybe he has, but also just fun to annoy his party friends a bit and to help the Opposition a bit.
John Bercow is the Brexit-man of the week
Jens-Peter Marquardt, ARD London
18.01.2019 20:01 PM
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