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The Washington Post's British Parliament Speaker John Bercow bellows ‘Orrrrder!’ for the last time says:

(Boris) Johnson, the prime minister, in his farewell this week, said Bercow had “done more than anyone since Stephen Hawking to stretch time in this particular session,” a backhanded compliment to how the speaker changed the pace of debate in the House of Commons.

Question: Assuming Johnson was being literal rather than ironic, I'd like to ask how John Bercow changed the pace of debate in the House of Commons. Did he increase or decrease the pace, and what did he do to accomplish this?

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    He refused several attempts by successive PMs to bring the same bill for consideration multiple times without change, for which Johnson has criticised him for before. He has also selected specific amendments for voting, which have subsequently been passed into effect and prevented particular avenues of approach for the PM. Again, much criticism from Johnson for that. – Moo Oct 31 '19 at 22:59
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    Moo, he also broke with precedent to select certain amendments. – user19831 Nov 1 '19 at 8:17
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    I don't feel this is enough for an answer. Ironic: his interjections were verbose and grandiloquent. Literal: he freed more backbenchers to challenge the government. Here for example a chart representing data about Urgent Questions: images.theconversation.com/files/291724/original/… – Lag Nov 1 '19 at 8:54
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    @Displayname what precedent are you referring to? Selecting amendments for voting is one of the Speakers official duties, Bercow hadn’t done anything differently there from any of his predecessors. – Moo Nov 1 '19 at 22:02
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    As the speaker has a bit of control over procedural matters in a sense he does control "the pace". As Boris has been a spectacular failure as a PM he is always looking for people to blame for his own failures – Vorsprung Nov 1 '19 at 22:47

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