Unspeakable: The Autobiography (Hardback)John Bercow (author)
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Announced just two weeks after he stepped down as Speaker of the House of Commons, Unspeakable promises a no-holds-barred account of life inside the Westminster Bubble. Elected as an MP in 1997 and appointed speaker in 2009, Bercow’s time in Parliament has coincided with one of the most heated periods in modern history. Both a candid memoir of life in politics and a frank analysis of the personalities and policies that have defined our political landscape in recent times – ruffling a few feathers on the way – this is a book to shine a light on the corridors of power.
Unspeakable is John Bercow’s characteristically forthright and incisive account of his unique vantagepoint into British politics. Containing verdicts on many of the leading figures of this era, from Tony Blair to David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson, Bercow explores and explains the ways in which he has sought to democratise the business of Parliament, using the Speakership to champion the rights of backbench MPs and hold the government to account.
In his own words, “I made friends and enemies alike, but from start to finish I sought to do the right, rather than the convenient, thing and to be a decent public servant.” From the start, Bercow tackles head-on his regretted fascination with definably right-wing attitudes and describes his inexorable march to more progressive thinking since his election as Member of Parliament for Buckingham in 1997. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the business of politics and how our democracy is – or should be – run, with fascinating insights into Bercow’s family background and early interest in politics.
When Bercow retired as Speaker of the House of Commons on 31st October, he had become one of the most recognisable and iconoclastic figures in British politics, and had created a vacancy of huge importance. As Speaker since 2009 he had a ringside seat during one of the most febrile periods in modern British history, presiding over the Commons while it had to contend with key issues such as austerity in the light of the financial crisis; the coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats; and of course the most intractable problem of all – how to deliver on the 2016 referendum decision that Britain should leave the EU.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 44 mm
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