John Bercow

A new speaker for new times

First published on Progressonline in theĀ Young progressives column

The public want to see parliament led by someone remarkably different from those who have gone before. Someone who can start afresh and develop a new parliamentary democracy without secrecy and complexity.

The prime minister described the Commons as working like an old gentleman’s club. This damning analysis of the status quo illustrates the need for the forum of the people to look and sound more like the British people and embrace openness and real transparency. It requires a modernity that the Scottish, Welsh and London devolved structures have enthused since their creation. It most of all demands a person of stature and standing who can symbolise the phoenix from the ashes. (more…)