Table of Contents Hide
The previous Speaker prompted delight from a studio viewers after obligingly shouting ‘ordine!’
Monday, 16th December 2019, 9:56 pm
As his former colleagues return to Westminster, John Bercow has been capitalising on his popular catchphrase further afield.
The former Speaker, who stood down in October, prompted delight from a studio audience on Italian television after obligingly shouting “ordine!” – the Italian for “order!” – on Sunday night.
Mr Bercow was invited to appear on the late night Italian talk show Che Tempo Che Fa, where he delivered his catchphrase to rapturous applause.
In a mixed-language interview, the tennis fan also attempted to enthuse the crowd by displaying his phone screensaver of Roger Federer, only for the host to shout “Order!” to calm the crowd.Mr Bercow joined him.
His visit to Italy was not the first stop on a tour that began long before he stepped down.
A parliamentary filing in October, before his replacement had been chosen, revealed that he had made £5,000 in the previous month from speaking appearances in Zurich, Amsterdam, New York and Boston.
For European viewers following the dramatic proceedings of the last parliament from afar, the Speaker’s instruction to rambunctious MPs has become a catchphrase.
Germany’s Die Zeit wrote that he kept control using “the power of the eighth dwarf”, while France’s Le Figaro praised his ability to control the “pack of rowdy dunces” on the Commons benches.
Italy’s La Repubblica, as part of an interview in March, said Mr Bercow had become famous worldwide for “his raucous shouting, his captivating English, a mix of Shakespeare and Monty Python, and especially for his roaring ‘Ordeeeeeerrr!’ to reinstate calm”.
The book, named Unspeakable, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson following a bidding process for the political title.
Due to be released on 6 February 2020, Mr Bercow will meditate on his life from childhood to the end of his Speakership in a “grippingly candid narrative,” including his thoughts on the likes of Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Tony Blair, the publisher said.