Speculation has been rife that John Bercow’s decision to let cameras into the commons for a BBC documentary will backfire on him. Reports have claimed that the Speaker of the Commons is to be depicted in a negative light in the series, Inside the Commons.
Given this, Bercow has so far got off remarkably lightly in the first two episodes. However, Mr S hears that this should all change by next week, with the documentary maker Michael Cockerell confirming that Bercow’s ‘rift’ with Sir Robert Rogers will be explored in depth.
‘You will have to watch the series, but you wouldn’t expect me as a journalist not to deal with a fascinating story that happened on our watch. We thought at one stage of putting it in episode one but the fact that when Robert announces he is going to retire early he stays in the house for another four months meant we held it. Don’t worry, your curiosity will be sated in later episodes.’
Rogers, who worked in parliament for over 40 years, is thought to have resigned from his role as Commons Clerk after frequent rows with Bercow. He may now get the last laugh.