John Bercow launches a blistering attack on ‘superior’ David Cameron as the former Commons Speaker claims the ex-PM believes he is ‘born to rule’
- John Bercow quit as Commons Speaker at the end of October after 10 years
- He has wasted no time in making his opinions known since stepping down
- Last week he said Brexit was the ‘biggest foreign policy mistake’ since the war
- Now he has savaged David Cameron who he said believes he is ‘born to rule’
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John Bercow has launched a stinging attack on David Cameron as he accused the former prime minister of believing he is ‘born to rule’.
The ex-Commons Speaker suggested Mr Cameron felt he was in a ‘superior position’ to other people and felt that it was the ‘natural order’ that he should be in charge.
Meanwhile, Mr Bercow also claimed Mr Cameron thought tactically rather than strategically and that his decision to call the 2016 EU referendum was motivated by selfish political reasons relating to the Conservative Party.
Mr Bercow’s comments, made in an interview with the Observer newspaper, come just days after he staged a major intervention on Brexit, labelling it the ‘biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period’.
Mr Bercow was supposed to be bound by strict impartiality rules when he was Commons Speaker – a role he quit at the end of October after a decade in the chair.
But he has wasted no time in making his true feelings known on a number of subjects since he stepped down.
John Bercow, pictured on his last day as Commons Speaker on October 31, has launched a stinging attack on David Cameron
Mr Bercow claimed Mr Cameron, pictured in October at Cheltenham Literature Festival, believes ‘people like him are born to rule’
Mr Bercow and Mr Cameron clashed repeatedly while the latter was in Downing Street.
Mr Bercow risked reigniting old hostilities today after he criticised Mr Cameron’s ‘enormous’ self-confidence which he said was likely the product of a public school education.
The former Commons Speaker, who attended a comprehensive school, said Eton-educated Mr Cameron has the ‘most enormous, probably public-school-instilled, self-confidence’.
He continued: ‘He thinks people like him are born to rule, that the natural order is that people like him run things, and that he is in a superior position.’
On Mr Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, Mr Bercow said: ‘David is relentlessly tactical rather than strategic.
‘Let’s face it, he chose to call the referendum. Was there a clamour for it? There was not.
‘There was chuntering in his own party, but the public wasn’t demanding one. He just thought it would work for him.’
Mr Bercow, who has also stood down as an MP, refused to say how he would vote at the election – despite representing the Tories before he became speaker.
His latest comments came after Mr Bercow labelled Brexit the ‘biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period’.
Mr Bercow addressed a Foreign Press Association event in London last week and finally set out his personal views on the 2016 vote.
Asked if he believed Brexit would affect the international standing of the UK, Mr Bercow apparently replied: ‘I’m no longer the Speaker so I don’t have to remain impartial now.
‘But if you ask me honestly, ‘do I think that Brexit is good for our global standing?’, my honest answer is ‘no, I don’t’.
‘I think that Brexit is the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period. That is my honest view.’
Mr Bercow’s attack on Brexit came as little surprise to his critics who frequently accused him of being biased in favour of Remain during proceedings in the Commons.
He sparked a political firestorm in 2017 after telling a group of students that he had voted Remain in 2016.