Former Commons Speaker Bercow defects to Labour – sideswiping Johnson on the way

John Bercow: he always had a difficult relationship with Tory governments as Speaker – and his observation based criticisms after joining Labour are devastating.

I suggested that we’ll be seeing a lot more pressure on Boris Johnson in the future; I didn’t expect it to be happening as I was writing those words.

It’s not much of a leap for John Bercow to quit Boris Johnson’s Conservatives for Keir Starmer’s Labour; it’s pretty much telling us what we knew all along – that StarmerLabour is a permutation of Conservatism.

No, it’s Bercow’s criticisms of Johnson that are important here:

Bercow says he regards today’s Conservative party as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

“The conclusion I have reached is that this government needs to be replaced.

“I don’t think he has any vision of a more equitable society, any thirst for social mobility or any passion to better the lot of people less fortunate than he is. I think increasingly people are sick of lies, sick of empty slogans, sick of a failure to deliver.

“There is very considerable distrust on the part of voters in the south of England of this government… I think people in very large numbers are disappointed, in some cases disgusted, by what this government has done.

““I regard the government’s treatment of parliament as a disgrace. I believe the truth matters. I believe parliament matters. And I believe that telling the truth in and to parliament matters. There is growing, extensive and incontrovertible evidence that the government is disrespecting parliament, telling untruths to parliament and bypassing parliament. That is wrong. Period.”

Source: John Bercow defects to Labour with withering attack on Johnson | John Bercow | The Guardian

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