John Burko, L’Eternal Speaker Anti-Johnson

Par Marion van Renterghem

Posted this morning at 5:20 am

Watching her speed on the phone, in her thick wool sweater, in the middle of this crossroads in Battersea, south London, leaves a feeling of sadness. Gone were those crazy years of the power debate, during which he made the House of Commons a cult series on the British parliamentary channel, drawing people from all over the world in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

Finished, his green leather chair upholstered like the interior of a coach; Finished off her presidential gown laced with strangely seductive ties to the otherworldly; The ending, its rediscovery with pomp and old twists, such as references to the obscure case law of XVII The century established the law of one of the oldest parliaments in the world. finished, his Homeric anger and four clear syllables opened his mouth wide, leading to his planetary fame, these “Order! Order! » threw in his hoarse voice at the disbanded MPs of Westminster.

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While he is still in the middle of the square, his cell phone in his ear, a passerby interrupts him: “But… but… is that you?” Mr Speaker? , The former speaker of the House of Commons pushed the device aside for a moment: “Yes I am! But I am retired now”, He responds, clearly happy to be recognized. Since October 31, 2019, when he relinquished his chair as president, John Burko, 58, has become Mr. Everyone again after midnight like a princess. At least it looks like that. Because when he sits down in front of you at the Battersea cafe-bakery where he has habits, we quickly find ourselves at the cinema like never before.

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With his back to a performance of muffins and croissants, he forgets his chair and finds his green announcer seat as he returns to some scathing repartee thrown at his fellow Members of Parliament. Westminster tradition requires that they speak to each other only in the third person, which is preceded by a high-sounding title.«Honorable Gentleman», Where «Honorable Lady», History of containing the weight of humiliation within the framework of a classic politics. The announcer sometimes gets distracted by this. “Can the honorable gentleman stop banging his fist on his tablet?” It is impervious and dangerous to the wood. “The honorable gentleman is irritable. Zen! Take your pills, do yoga, do something…”

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He pauses these delicious memories with some ” Order ! “, a word he liked to gargle, he made it the name of his cat, unfortunately dead. He also doesn’t get tired of associating the whole with some stammering Borborygms with accents. « Posh» (Aristo) and Hyperbole ” Very good “, ” Brilliant “ Where ” Fabulous “ – One of the rhetorical marks of the current prime minister. « The … the … the … the better! Great ! This is… this is, this is… great. Wonderful. , One of the highlights of John Berko’s show is the repeated impersonation of Boris Johnson during conversations.

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