John Bercow's Quotes
Biography of John Bercow
I do strongly believe myself that members of the government who sit in the House of Lords should be accountable to the elected House because otherwise there is a democratic deficit, and that is wrong.Tags: Government, House, Wrong
I don't think that people are disinterested or uninterested in politics. I think very often they are disengaged from the formal political process. To some extent they are suspicious or even despairing of formal politics as a means to give expression and effect to what they want.Tags: Give, Political, Politics
I said that if I hadn't been a politician, I'd have liked to be a barrister, or an academic. My beloved wife said: 'You'd be a very good barrister and a hopeless academic.' I said 'Why?' She said: 'Because you're not an original thinker.'Tags: Good, Why, Wife
I think the state opening of Parliament is an incredibly important occasion, and broadly speaking, the way in which it's done is an invaluable tradition.Tags: Done, Speaking, State
I was proud to be a Tory Member of Parliament for twelve years, proud to represent Buckingham as a Tory, proud to have voted with my party 99% of the time as the record shows.Tags: Party, Proud, Time
Possibly the fact that I was physically quite feeble, a relatively short little fellow, attracted me to that idea of a very authoritative and aggressive version of Conservative politics.Tags: Fact, Politics, Short
There is no denying or hiding the fact that over the years I moved from well on the right of the Conservative Party, much much more to its left, and therefore to the centre of the poltical spectrum.Tags: Fact, Left, Party
For far too long the House of Commons has been run as little more than a private club by and for gentleman amateurs.Tags: Far, Gentleman, House
I never aspired to be Speaker simply so I could say, 'I am the Speaker of the House of Commons,' and tell my children that.Tags: Children, House, Tell
I pride myself on being courteous to people, and trying to fashion good relations.Tags: Fashion, Good, Trying
I think the record shows that as Speaker, I have taken the lead in cleaning up politics.Tags: Cleaning, Politics, Taken
I'm not psychic. I cannot know what is in the mind of particular public figures.Tags: Cannot, Mind, Public
I'm supremely uninterested as to what is written in many of the newspapers.Tags: Newspapers, Written
If someone is being very cheeky, it can be quite fun to deal with that situation.Tags: Fun, Situation, Someone
If you asked me if I'd rather be Speaker or a very senior minister, I'd say Speaker.Tags: Asked, Rather, Senior
It is quite wrong for party conferences to be used as an excuse for the Commons not to sit. Conferences could be held at weekends.Tags: Quite, Used, Wrong
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Lying to a committee is a very grave abuse, and there ought to be a clear punishment.Tags: Abuse, Clear, Lying
One consistent thing in an otherwise inconsistent career is that I've always been passionate about parliament.Tags: Career, Consistent, Passionate
The Conservatives must realise that being sceptical is different from being phobic in what is an interdependent world.Tags: Phobic, Realise, Sceptical
The prime minister's job is to captain his team, his party and his government.Tags: Government, Job, Team
There are people who are just very, very sniffy and snobby and have always sort of looked down their noses at me.Tags: Looked, Noses, Snobby
When I first started out in politics I was, what you might describe as, a hard right Conservative.Tags: Hard, Might, Politics