Hero or villain? Bercow’s notoriety is a consequence of Parliament’s crisis – not its cause | James Butler

The Speaker may have ripped up the Commons rulebook, but the government has only itself to blame for the Brexit fiasco

On Monday, only hours before the drama of parliament’s prorogation, John Bercow announced he would retire as Speaker before the next election. Downing Street had declared war on him in the Sunday papers, briefing that it would break convention and seek his removal from his seat at the next election. Instead, Bercow has sought to undercut the government by giving the current parliament, habituated to autonomy and rebellion against the whips, a vote on his successor.

Bercow’s ‘constitutional vandalism’ is unlikely to trouble any government with a majority

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