The king of controversy

After 10 years in the hot seat, the Speaker of the House of Commons has announced his retirement at the next election. One of the best-known faces in politics, John Bercow has umpired some of the most heated and dramatic moments in modern British history. This is a brilliant “highlights reel” of his greatest verbal hits.

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Activities

  1. Imagine you are Speaker and you have to keep control in a rowdy House of Commons. How would you deliver the famous command: “Order! Order!”. Describe how you would do it.
  2. The Houses of Parliament have fallen down. Invent a new and improved political chamber for the UK. Sketch it out on paper, and jot down some notes about how it work.