JOHN BERCOW has received vicious backlash online after a video of him shouting “Order” on Italian TV went viral sparking critics to hit out at the former Speaker of the House of Commons.
John Bercow was asked to shout ‘Order!’ in Italian as the audience applauded him on Italy’s popular talk show Che Tempo Che Fa. But the former Speaker has since been labelled a “show pony” for appearing on program as others said it was “embarrassing”. Local admirers said it was “Fantastico” and “esilarante”.
One wrote on Twitter: “Once Speaker of the House of Commons, now show pony on Italian chat shows. Life after politics isn’t as glamorous as people say.”
Another added: “Life after serving the public in the House can be even more fascinating and personally satisfying if you focus on the needs of others. Egocentricity brings madness as this sad little video shows; an intelligent former MP degrades himself for what?? Italian laughter???”
A third person said: “What the hell did I just watch.”
And Simon Clarke MP simply penned: “It’s a good Monday.”
The clip has emerged just days after Mr Bercow joined Sky News for its election coverage last week.
The ex-Speaker was paid up to £60,000 for his election coverage despite just 46,000 people tuning in to watch the broadcaster’s results programme.
A source at Sky said: “His huge payment is the talk of Sky News. Nobody could believe it.
“That said, he was on through the night and, of course, has tremendous insight.”
After stepping down as Speaker in October, Mr Bercow signed up to after-dinner speaking agency JLA.
He is in the “AA” category of clients who command fees of £25,000 per appearance.
It was reported in November that Mr Cameron was earning £120,000 per hour giving speeches about Brexit.
And Mr Blair is said to be worth £60 million, with his fortune arising from various sources including consultancy and after dinner speech fees.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron stood down from the role after losing the EU referendum in June and subsequently resigned as MP for Witney in September.
He is now giving paid talks about his experiences inside 10 Downing Street and recently charged £120,000 for a one-hour long talk, The Daily Mail reports.
Mr Cameron reportedly gave a talk to Blackstone Properties in New York and discussed the fallout from his failed bid for a Remain vote in the Brexit referendum.
After leaving Number 10, many former Prime Ministers turn to the after-dinner talks circuit for income. Mr Cameron’s former coalition partner Nick Clegg has reportedly signed with an agency to charge a £35,000 booking fee for appearances.
On the night of the election Mr Bercow was left looking physically sick as the exit poll was released just after polling stations closed at 10pm on Thursday.
Former Conservative deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft tweeted: “John Bercow doesn’t look a happy bunny on Sky News.”