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Why do politicians stand up between questions in PMQs

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by spitzoid, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. spitzoid

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    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)

    Yours ever,

    spitzoid.
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  2. Cob

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    Is it not to show their support for the previous speaker?

    As in 'here here'.
     
  3. Greenlizard0

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    Isn't it so they can speak, sort of like children putting their hand up at school?
     
  4. spitzoid

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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?
     
  5. RIZZEE

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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
     
  6. A.N.Other

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    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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  8. SKaRT

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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.
     
  9. Cob

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    Aren't the speakers picked before the start?
     
  10. Cob

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    Cos they're fat lazy ****s ;)
     
  11. spitzoid

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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 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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  12. spitzoid

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    You sound like Karl Pilkington
     
  13. RIZZEE

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    who?:confused:
     
  14. Felix Da Housecat

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    It gives them something to do when they are not claiming expenses, or thinking of new stealth taxes.
     
  15. spitzoid

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    Alright?
     
  16. Greenlizard0

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    Well they're lazy, fat and generally old. :p
     
  17. kiteloopy

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    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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  19. Cosimo

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    Lies, they do it to stop themselves from falling asleep.
     
  20. WillyNelson

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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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