The former Conservative MP launches a blunt attack on Prime Minister Johnson, calling him a “bad governor”.
John Bercow, the colorful former Speaker of the British House of Commons, has left the Conservatives to join the opposition Labor party, launching a forceful attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In an interview with the Observer newspaper published Sunday, the former MP said the Conservative party led by Johnson was “reactionary, populist, nationalist and even xenophobic.”
Bercow, who resigned as president after ten years in October 2019, said he joined the Labor Party a few weeks ago because he shared his values.
“I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. This is the Labor brand, “he said.” The conclusion I have reached 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 advocate but a lousy governor.”
“I don’t think he has any vision of a more equitable society, no thirst for social mobility or any passion to improve the number of people less fortunate than him. I think more and more people are fed up with lies, fed up with empty slogans, fed up with not delivering it, ”he said.
Bercow was a Buckingham Conservative MP for 12 years before being elected president in 2009, becoming the youngest person to hold the role for 100 years.
Famous for his cries of “order, order” to line up MPs, Bercow found himself as the man amid more than three years of heated parliamentary debates over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
He infuriated the ruling Conservatives with a series of decisions they considered to be trying to thwart Brexit and favor the “Permanent” side.
The 58-year-old vehemently denied taking sides, but won the praise of Europeans and world fans with his decisions and oversized personality.
His last years as president were overshadowed by allegations of harassment of parliamentary staff, allegations he denies.