The former Conservative MP launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Johnson, calling him a ‘bad governor’.
John Bercow, the colorful former speaker of the British House of Commons, left the Conservatives to join the opposition Labor Party and launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In an interview with the Observer newspaper published on Sunday, the former MP said the Conservative party under Johnson was “reactionary, populist, nationalist and sometimes even xenophobic”.
Bercow, who acted as speaker in October 2019 after ten years, said he joined the Labor Party a few weeks ago because he shared its values.
‘I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. This is the Labor brand, ”he said. ‘The conclusion I have come to is that this government needs to be replaced. The reality is that the Labor Party is the only vehicle that can achieve this goal. There is no other credible option. ”
Bercow describes the prime minister as a successful fighter, but a ‘bad governor’.
‘I do not think he has a vision of a more just society, no thirst for social mobility or a passion to improve the people less privileged than he. “I think people are increasingly sick of lies, sick of empty slogans, sick of a failure to deliver,” he said.
Bercow served as a Conservative MP for Buckingham for 12 years before being elected speaker in 2009 and becoming the youngest person to hold the role for 100 years.
Bercow was famous for his calls of ‘order, order’ to align sinister MPs, and finds himself the man in the midst of more than three years of heated parliamentary debates over Britain’s exit from the European Union.
He angered the ruling Conservatives with a series of decisions they saw as an attempt to stimulate Brexit and favor the “Remain” side.
The 58-year-old has vehemently denied ever taking his side, but has garnered praise from pro-Europeans and a worldwide following with his statements and extravagant personality.
His later years as speaker are overshadowed by allegations of harassing parliamentary staff, accusations he denies.