Mr Bercow was gracious, open and honest throughout the almost five hours he spent with students and others here at Reading. He did much to break down the barriers that exist between those of us who study politics and those that practise it. Reading politics students are now getting a lesson in what political opponents can do when a University guest becomes a political target.
The Speaker represents the House of Commons, not just the members who reside there, but everything it stands for. Our values and our laws could not be clearer on equality for all. By speaking out in the way he did, he did not overstep the mark, but defended the honour of the House and all it stands for.