The former Conservative MP launches a full-scale attack on Prime Minister Johnson, calling him “a bad governor”.
John Bercow, the former colorful speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, has left the Conservatives to join the opposition Labor party, launching a fuzzy 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 resigned as speaker after 10 years in October 2019, said he joined the Labor Party a few weeks ago because he shared his values.
“I am motivated by the support for equality, social justice and internationalism. It’s the Labor brand, ”he said.“ The conclusion I have made 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 described the prime minister as “a successful activist but a bad governor”.
“I don’t think he has any vision of a fairer society, a thirst for social mobility or a passion for improving the masses of people less fortunate than himself.” I think people are increasingly sick of lies, sick of empty slogans, sick of a delivery failure, ”he said.
Bercow was deputy Conservative for Buckingham for 12 years before being elected speaker in 2009, becoming the youngest person to hold the role for 100 years.
Famous for his cries of “order, order” to put on raucous parliamentary lines, Bercow has found himself as the man amid more than three years of fiery parliamentary debates over Britain’s recovery from the European Union.
He angered conservatives in government with a series of decisions they saw as trying to prevent Brexit and favoring the “Remain” party.
The 58-year-old has vehemently denied ever taking part, but has earned praise from pro-Europeans and from a global following with his decisions and excessive personality.
His later years as a speaker were overshadowed by accusations of persecution of parliamentary staff, accusations he denies.