A new phobia: John Bercow says insulting someone about their height is as unacceptable as racism or homophobia

John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons

John Bercow has said that discriminating against someone because of their height should be as socially unacceptable as discriminating against someone because of their race or sexuality.

Speaking to The Times Magazine he said: “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.”

Bercow has himself been the butt of jokes relating to his small stature in the past.

In 2010, he was famously called a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” by the then Health Minister Simon Burns after Bercow questioned Burns for not following the correct procedure in the House of Commons.

Just months later, David Cameron found himself in hot water when he made an equally ill-judged quip about Bercow being one of the Seven Dwarfs.

In a dig at the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said that Health Minister Simon Burns’s driver had accidentally hit the Speaker’s car while reversing…

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