SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow isn’t Happy

John Bercow is a little cross. Short-tempered, you might say. Definitely not Happy. Why? Well, some small-minded MPs have been making jokes about the Speaker’s height, presumably hoping they would go over his head. 5ft6 Bercow’s attempts to be the bigger person fell short, however, when he claimed that mocking someone’s size was only a little off racism or homophobia:

“Whereas nobody these days would regard it as acceptable to criticise someone on grounds of race or creed or disability or sexual orientation, somehow it seems to be acceptable to comment on someone’s height, or lack of it”

Equality campaigners say that’s a tall order. Guido would poke fun, but feels that’s beneath him…




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