For once, I find myself in total agreement with John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, who said that making fun of someone because of their short height should be as socially unacceptable as homophobia or racism.
Mr Bercow has naturally an axe to grind for being referred to by some people as a ‘stupid sanctimonious dwarf’ during a debate in the House, although to his credit he claimed that the mere putdown because of his height did not particularly bother him.
Mr Bercow went on to say that criticism of people on the basis of how tall they are was unacceptable. He went on to say, ‘Whereas nobody these days would regard it as acceptable to criticise someone on grounds of race or creed or disability or sexual orientation, somehow it seems to be acceptable to comment on someone’s height, or lack of it.’
‘Does it affect me personally? Not at all. It’s just low grade, intellectually sub-standard and schoolboyish.’
The speaker also laughed off claims from his wife Sally Bercow that his role in the House of Commons had made him more attractive. He said in a recent interview: ‘I have most certainly not become a sex symbol. Sally does have a very good sense of humour.’
His last statement rings true in more ways than one. She certainly has a bizarre sense of humour and more than that her liberal view of sexuality is far too palpable, I imagine, to give her husband the comfort his job demands.
In 2011, she sent ripples around Westminster and beyond when she appeared in a newspaper wearing nothing but a bed sheet. She also spoke of the ‘aphrodisiac’ effect of life at the Palace of Westminster.
Any other husband would have been appalled by her behaviour but to his credit Mr Bercow was a stalwart of support, which to many appeared beyond the pale.
In this latest interview, Mr Bercow reiterated that the couple are not concerned by the public scrutiny of their marriage saying they have their own approach and ‘are perfectly comfortable in our skin’.
Having said all that, he has grown in stature in my view – and I no longer see him as 5′ 6” but rather much taller than that.
As for Sally, my advice to her is grow up, act responsibility and hang on to your husband and stop mucking around. No other man I know will put up with any of your escapades, especially that notorious snogging scene in a nightclub.