MPs had no way of kicking out the partisan John Bercow. The next Speaker should fix that

John Bercow
The candidates for replacing John Bercow are promising all kinds of changes, from banning clapping to returning to the old Speaker's wig

As the country gears up for another election, some politicians at Westminster have already started appearing at hustings, explaining to their audiences why they’re the best man or woman for the job.

No, Boris Johnson has not yet found a way round the roadblock created by the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act that would allow him to seek a new mandate and break the Brexit deadlock. Instead eight wannabee Speakers of the Commons have started pressing the flesh and kissing babies in the corridors of power as they seek to replace John Bercow at the beginning of next month.

As an aside, there’s a potential bump in the road between now and the moment when the new Speaker is dragged by their supporters (ostensibly...

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