The former Speaker of the House of Commons delivered an alternative to the Queen’s Christmas speech on Wednesday, in which he called for more “personal courtesy” in politics and society. Mr Bercow, who was a controversial figure during his time in the chair, said “of late, democracy has come in for a pounding” and urged MPs to take inspiration from young people who, he claimed, respect differing opinions rather than shouting them down. The 56-year-old former MP followed in the footsteps of the likes of Danny Dyer, Sharon Osbourne, whistleblower Edward Snowden and the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox as he delivered the Alternative Christmas Message.
The Channel 4 fixture was first broadcast in 1993 as a rival to the Queen’s own traditional festive address.
It was not the only public engagement Mr Bercow had lined up for the festive season, though.
Only the week before, he appeared on Italian TV on the late-night chat show ‘Che Tempo Che Fa’.
The interview did not seem to start well, as the former Speaker of the House of Commons was immediately mocked for his “poor” fashion choices.
Deriding his colourful tie, presenter Fabio Fazio said: “Nice one.”
Mr Bercow then asked: “Do you like it?”
Mr Fazio replied laughing: “It didn’t disappoint me. It is exactly what I was expecting.”
Taken aback by the comment, the former MP said: “That’s rude. This is a wonderful tie.
“It is Italian!”
The TV presenter noted: “Yes, it is.
“But we only export that.”
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