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John Bercow quotes

A legislature cannot be effective while suffering from public scorn.

I don't want to crawl over the entrails of past disputes.

I'm not in the business of warning people.

One consistent thing in an otherwise inconsistent career is that I've always been passionate about parliament.

Even youngish men can acquire wisdom as time goes by.

For far too long the House of Commons has been run as little more than a private club by and for gentleman amateurs.

It's a cowardly form of politics to use my spouse to beat me.

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.

The prime minister's job is to captain his team, his party and his government.

There are people who are just very, very sniffy and snobby and have always sort of looked down their noses at me.

Fairness is not about statistical equality.

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.

I'm not psychic. I cannot know what is in the mind of particular public figures.

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.

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.

There's no point in worrying about things you can't influence.

I am seeking every day to restore faith in Parliament - to ensure we have a House of Commons which is representative, effective and reconnected to the people we serve.

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.

I pride myself on being courteous to people, and trying to fashion good relations.

I think the record shows that as Speaker, I have taken the lead in cleaning up politics.