House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has been winning fans online and around the world this week for his no-nonsense approach to keeping MPs in line.
While politicians debated Theresa May’s Brexit deal and Jeremy Corbyn’s no-confidence motion, the silver-haired and foghorn-voiced Speaker of the House was ever-present, most commonly found bellowing “ORR-DEEERRRR!” at his assorted colleagues.
And although some MPs may be short of enthusiasm for the 55-year-old former Conservative, the same cannot be said for many social media users and foreign news organisations.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published a video to Twitter on Wednesday, titled “British Parliament’s House Speaker is not to be trifled with”, which highlights some of his most thunderous and pithy pronouncements.
— CBC News: The National (@CBCTheNational) January 16, 2019
“Sitting in the newsroom today and hearing that voice, I thought someone in the control room decided they’d rather watch a ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ movie than news,” wrote one CBC News editor in response.
Similarly, a video of Mr Bercow published by German news programme Tagesschau has been watched more than 300,000 times on Twitter, with one Spanish user admiring his general demeanour for being “hard, accurate, authentic and dangerous”.
His choice in ties has also brought attention, particularly the geometric rainbow neckwear on show on Tuesday.
— Scott Primmer (@PrimmerScott) January 15, 2019
“Bercow has the air of a man who’s been dragged out of the kitchen by his wife to break up an argument between their rowdy teenagers, but he’s been home from work for a few hours and has already knocked back half a bottle of Chardonnay,” replied one Twitter user.
Elsewhere, the wide variety of facial expressions the Speaker employs to cajole MPs into submission was compared to “the four stages of a night out”.
The four stages of a night out, as demonstrated by John Bercow pic.twitter.com/xaSnjesSRs
— Angus (@nguswood) January 16, 2019
On Reddit, Mr Bercow’s sharp choice of words was garnering the most applause, with one Redditor describing his role as “functionally the same as that of a secondary school teacher”.
Others, as is often the case, were just there to crack jokes.
“John, what’s your favourite 80s band? New ORDERRRRR!” wrote one Redditor.
“Of course New ORDERRRRRR was formed by members of Joy DIVISIOOOOON,” replied another, quoting Mr Bercow’s cry on Tuesday, when the house was divided, which was so loud it overloaded microphones in the Commons.
Mr Bercow has promised to stand down as Speaker in the summer amid allegations of bullying, 10 years after being appointed to the role.
“If you asked me if I’d rather be Speaker or a very senior minister, I’d say Speaker,” he said in a 2011 interview.