Unspeakable: The Autobiography

Hardback Published on: 06/02/2020
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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
  • ISBN: 9781474616621
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 720g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 44 mm

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Unspeakably Good
I think that John has not only given a great insight into his role as the speaker of the house and the challenges this entails but has managed to balance t... READ MORE
Bernard Harvey
Unspeakable by John Bercow
I thoroughly enjoyed this view of recent politics from the Speaker's perspective. JB is probably a marmite character to most people but boring is not somet... READ MORE
Steve Reader
What is Really Happening within Our Parliament.
This was a fascinating autobiography from the high profile ex Speaker of the House of Commons. This book tells us of Mr Bercow's private life and his very ... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
A book of two halves
Enjoyed this book but by the end both he and I were fading. The start of the book was really interesting and the chapter on Brexit was a good overview of a... READ MORE