Changing tradition of Speaker
By tradition, Speakers, like royalty, are meant to be respected and revered for their office, even if the occupant does not command widespread support.
They are by tradition never criticised. The felling of Michael Martin put an end to all that though. And now one Tory, the MP Nadine Dorries, has described the election of the new Speaker as "a two-fingered salute to the British people and the last hurrah of a dying Labour government."
What is it then that makes so many Tories loathe (and that is the right word) John Bercow?
It is his extraordinary political journey which has made even observers of it feel travel sick: Moving from anti-immigrant Enoch Powell backer to Thatcherite fanatic and finally to occupant of Labour's big tent.
At every stage Mr Bercow spoke with the same apparent lack of self-doubt.
Those who can forgive the journey can often not forgive the style with which it was taken. One Tory, as I reported the other day, suggested that Mr Bercow would read the weather forecast or the phone book as if he was Henry V on the eve of Agincourt.
Another has suggested that he's the sort of referee who thinks the crowd has paid to see him.
Mr Bercow's spent almost a decade planning his run for Speaker. If he can convince the wider public that he is indeed the reform candidate; that he can be an ambassador for Parliament; that he can mark a break with the past, he will have nothing to fear from Conservatives. They will simply have to bite their lips and get used to him.
If on the other hand, like his predecessor, he is seen to stumble, I'm in little doubt that many Conservatives will try to remove him as Michael Martin was removed.
PS. I am interviewing Mr Bercow later today.