Advice for Bercow
So we have a new speaker. I'd like to hear what advice people would give Mr Bercow. I found this last night while reading Bevan's "In Place of Fear". I'm not a fan of Bevan, though In Place of Fear is admittedly brilliant. It's about working class MPs arriving in Westminster, and although the analogy isn't strictly accurate, it would do Bercow good to reflect on it, as he is now its speaker:
His first impression is that he is in a church. The vaulted roofs and stained glass windows, the rows of statues of great statesmen of the past, the echoing halls, the soft footed attendants and the whispered conversation, contrast depressingly with the crowded meetings and the clang and clash of hot opinions he has just left behind in his election campaign. Here he is, a tribune of the people, coming to make his voice heard in the seats of power. Instead, it seems he is expected to worship; and the most conservative of all religions - ancestor worship.
Bercow has quite a job on his hands. Any other advice?