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Old 17th Jun 2009, 22:55   #1
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Why do politicians stand up between questions in PMQs

Pretty dull thread really.

If any of you have ever watched some of the debates that go on in the House of Commons then perhaps you'll know what I am talking about. If not, don't worry.

I have just been watching Prime Minister's Question on BBC iPlayer. Ridicule me for this dispicable act if you will, but my question is: Does anyone know why some MPs stand up briefly between questions?

Imo, it looks like one of those Whack-The-Mole games. (I wish I had a suitable hammer)

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Old 17th Jun 2009, 22:57   #2
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Is it not to show their support for the previous speaker?

As in 'here here'.

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Old 17th Jun 2009, 22:58   #3
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Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?

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Old 17th Jun 2009, 22:59   #4
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Is it not to show support for the previous speaker?

As in 'here here'.
I don't think so. If that was the case then why don't all the "here here"-ers all stand up?
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 23:00   #5
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i was told it was tradition, back in the old times (dont ask me when) sometimes if the person didnt know the question, the person standing up would take it, dont quote me on this because im not too sure if this is true

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Old 17th Jun 2009, 23:00   #6
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Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?
I always thought it was this - just a queue of people waiting to speak - but I don't know for sure.
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 23:00   #7
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Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?


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Old 17th Jun 2009, 23:00   #8
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If I was to hazard a guess I'd say it was to stop people from falling asleep of boredom while watching. At least with a little movement going on it's not quite so dull. Although it is still very, very, very dull.
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Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?
Aren't the speakers picked before the start?

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Old 17th Jun 2009, 23:02   #10
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I don't think so. If that was the case then why don't all the "here here"-ers all stand up?
Cos they're fat lazy ****s

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Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?
But surely something like PMQs is carefully planned, therefore standing up is futile (i.e. they won't get to speak).

Anyway, I would have thought that every single one of those busybodies would have something to say about everything that is said. If it is the case that they are just standing up in a "hands-up" manner then surely everybody would stand up after every question. However, it is only a few each time.
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i was told it was tradition, back in the old times (dont ask me when) sometimes if the person didnt know the question, the person standing up would take it, dont quote me on this because im not too sure if this is true
You sound like Karl Pilkington
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You sound like Karl Pilkington
who?

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Old 17th Jun 2009, 23:11   #14
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It gives them something to do when they are not claiming expenses, or thinking of new stealth taxes.
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who?
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But surely something like PMQs is carefully planned, therefore standing up is futile (i.e. they won't get to speak).

Anyway, I would have thought that every single one of those busybodies would have something to say about everything that is said. If it was the case that they were just standing up in a "hands-up" manner, then everybody would stand up after every question. However, it is only a few each time.
Well they're lazy, fat and generally old.

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Old 18th Jun 2009, 08:26   #17
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If I was to hazard a guess I'd say it was to stop people from falling asleep of boredom while watching. At least with a little movement going on it's not quite so dull. Although it is still very, very, very dull.
what you on about??? PMQ is one of the best programs on the tv.

its a upmarket rap battle. who can make the other person look like a fool, its brilliant.


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Backbench MPs wishing to ask a question must enter their names on the Order Paper. The names of entrants are then shuffled in a ballot to produce a random order in which they will be called by the Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker will then call on MPs to put their questions, usually in an alternating fashion: one MP from the government benches is followed by one from the opposition benches. MPs who are not selected may be chosen to ask a supplementary question if they "catch the eye" of the Speaker, which is done by standing and sitting immediately before the Prime Minister gives an answer.

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Old 18th Jun 2009, 08:33   #19
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Lies, they do it to stop themselves from falling asleep.

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Old 18th Jun 2009, 08:35   #20
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As said, it's to show the speaker that they want to ask a question (or wish to add to the debate when it's not PMQ's). Though the PM & leader(s) of the opposition get priority to respond first.

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Old 18th Jun 2009, 08:37   #21
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It's to stop deep vein thrombosis surely.


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Old 18th Jun 2009, 13:34   #23
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Everyone must also sit when the speaker stands.

I can't wait for the current speaker to quit.. I just cannot tolerate him saying "o-order. o-order" CHRIST ALMIGHTY MAN LEARN TO SPEAK AS A SPEAKER!

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All the chairs could be electrified and for a laugh the speaker of the house flicks a switch and random chairs get an electric shock.

Much like that simpsons episode.

If this isnt the case then Moley's explanation sounds feasible, i suppose
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Old 18th Jun 2009, 13:57   #25
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It's so they don't get deep vein thrombosis while waiting for Alastair Campbell to explain why the British pound currently has the value of a South Sea Island seashell.

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It's so they don't get deep vein thrombosis while waiting for Alastair Campbell to explain why the British pound currently has the value of a South Sea Island seashell.
Did you really mean Alastair Campbell?

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PMQs is great. Go and watch live if you ever get a chance.

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Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?
Yeah, its to let the speaker know they have a question.

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Did you really mean Alastair Campbell?
LOL, no I meant Alastair Darling!

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