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    John bercow: The little guy whose had a massive impact.

    Just thought id pay my tribute at the most unlikely hero of our times. Bercow as a youngster was as right wing as you could get but once he became speaker has imho being a massive voice of reason and holding the tory govts to account. Has he maybe overstepped the mark,definetely but we owe him a great debt for ensuring we maintain parliamentary democracy. If we had a different speaker we could be facing a no deal brexit and all the ensuing chaos and probably a large tory majority inflicting their extreme right wing agenda on the public. Thanks for everything john and of course for making bbc parliament fantastic viewing and actually getting folk interested in politics again.
    His put downs have been legendary and has actually controled a febrile commons superbly.
    Whoever follows has one hard act to follow. Will greatly miss him bellowing orrrrder,orrrder. Im sure we havent heard the last of him.


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    I think Bercow was great box office. A preening narcissist who really enjoyed being centre stage, but he was great at tearing a strip off politicians on all sides.

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    I actually think he has been quite consistent in sticking up for parliamentary sovereignty and the majority view of MPs prevailing no matter what it is.

    He's tailor made for the reality circuit, the only question is whether we see him on Strictly or I'm a Celeb first.

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    He made quite a journey in his adult life from Monday Club (imperialist and racist) to appointing the first black female chaplain to the Commons. He was courageous enough to challenge himself and to change, which I think is always a sign of intelligence. I remember the great speech he made when paying tribute to Tony Benn, upon Benn's retirement. It won't be the same in parliament without the wee man.
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    I think being appointed to a role like Speaker changes you, and if you were an ideologue, you surrender that to what the office requires.

    I also think that you canít fail to fulfill the duties of the office, meaning you will undoubtedly upset those in the party you came from, when you make decisions that go against their views.

    I have liked him and as has been posted, he has been a reforming Speaker.

    At very certain points, the Speaker is absolutely critical in how this country is governed. I hope his replacement is robust, honest and free-minded, whilst understanding the strange panoply that we call a constitution.
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    Top bloke

    Hope we see a lot more of him before the end of October... starting next week when he presides over the re-opened House again.

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    Praise for a Tory, no thanks.

    Hero, top bloke.

    Sorry guys,not having it. He's clever, I'll give him that. Wee Nazi prick to a loveable reformist.

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    Heís like a proper man only smaller.

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    Odd figure but he's been a hero over this crisis.
    His wife was a Labour MP I think.

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    I don't like the guy. But there's no doubting the commitment he put into his role. Hopefully he chooses a respectable replacement before dictator Boris tries to plonk his own arse in the seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fife-Hibee View Post
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    I don't like the guy. But there's no doubting the commitment he put into his role. Hopefully he chooses a respectable replacement before dictator Boris tries to plonk his own arse in the seat.
    He doesn't choose!!! There is a vote in the commons to appoint a speaker. Each party puts forward a nomination, your party will put forward Pete wishart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moulin Yarns View Post
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    He doesn't choose!!! There is a vote in the commons to appoint a speaker. Each party puts forward a nomination, your party will put forward Pete wishart.
    I know the rules and laws. I also know Boris isn't a follower of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fife-Hibee View Post
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    I know the rules and laws. I also know Boris isn't a follower of them.
    But you said you hoped Bercow chooses a respectable replacement...how is he supposed to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future17 View Post
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    But you said you hoped Bercow chooses a respectable replacement...how is he supposed to do that?
    Bad wording on my part. He doesn't choose the speaker directly, but by stepping down when he did he ensured he had an element of control over who would be choosing the next speaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fife-Hibee View Post
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    Bad wording on my part. He doesn't choose the speaker directly, but by stepping down when he did he ensured he had an element of control over who would be choosing the next speaker.
    How? The MPs vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fife-Hibee View Post
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    Bad wording on my part. He doesn't choose the speaker directly, but by stepping down when he did he ensured he had an element of control over who would be choosing the next speaker.
    He has no control at all regarding the next speaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fife-Hibee View Post
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    Bad wording on my part. He doesn't choose the speaker directly, but by stepping down when he did he ensured he had an element of control over who would be choosing the next speaker.
    You mean it's the current batch of MPs who will be choosing rather than the set elected after the next general election.

    Gotcha.

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    No one says order like he does. Sounds almost like oohdah. Not that he will play up to that either.....He has been terrific though. At times he has been more effective than the official opposition.

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    He absolutely loves himself. Canít stand the bloke and the fact heís a Tory only confirms my suspicions that they are all snobby up their own arse Etonian ****ers!!!!

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    He absolutely loves himself. Canít stand the bloke and the fact heís a Tory only confirms my suspicions that they are all snobby up their own arse Etonian ****ers!!!!
    That would be a valid point if he had went to eton

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    That would be a valid point if he had went to eton
    Heís in their club, thatís good enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoneyburn hibs View Post
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    Praise for a Tory, no thanks.

    Hero, top bloke.

    Sorry guys,not having it. He's clever, I'll give him that. Wee Nazi prick to a loveable reformist.
    No respect for the opinion of anybody who throws that word about.

    If anything he's held back the far right of the Tory party in the face of humungous pressure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernhibee View Post
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    No respect for the opinion of anybody who throws that word about.

    If anything he's held back the far right of the Tory party in the face of humungous pressure.
    I've no problem using the word Nazi, if it talks and acts like one then it normally is one. However Bercow is the exact opposite, he's been a stalwart of our democratic system by putting aside party allegiances and upholding a neutral stance when making rulings in the house. Proof of this is the fact that his largest critics come from inside his own party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    I've no problem using the word Nazi, if it talks and acts like one then it normally is one. However Bercow is the exact opposite, he's been a stalwart of our democratic system by putting aside party allegiances and upholding a neutral stance when making rulings in the house. Proof of this is the fact that his largest critics come from inside his own party.
    The use of emotive, insulting and misplaced language is trending atm. The 'Leave' campaign and Trump are masters in its use. People have become way too free with derogatory phraseology when they want to belittle anyone whose views are contrary to their own

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