When the newly-enlightened John Bercow took over as Speaker of the House of Commons, he made a point of eschewing the traditional robes and paraphernalia which went with the job.
He was thought to be flaunting his ‘new man’ credentials as well as appeasing the left-wing tendencies of his ghastly wife.
However, he’s not beyond indulging his notorious vanity at public expense – as his new coat of arms clearly shows. Designed at a cost of £15,000 it has arrived at the same time as his official portrait, which set the nation back a mere £22,000.
Many more thousands were also taken from the public purse to refurbish the palatial apartments he shares with his classy consort. Austerity? What austerity?