John Bercow

Why do our MPs clap for each other so much?

Our MPs are constantly clapping for each other. In the Mother Parliament, they don’t accept such nonsense.

Speaker Scheer scolds the House

It’s getting a bit noisy in there

Could the Speaker cut-off a response during Question Period?

An existential query for the House of Commons


The future of Parliament

How to make the House of Commons relevant?


‘There may be some exceptions in those African dictatorships’

How about less party discipline and a stricter Speaker?


The parliamentary grass is not always greener

Speaker John Bercow reviews the history and present circumstance of Prime Minister’s Questions.


How they do it in Britain

While the NDP is calling for the Speaker to be more assertive on this side of the Atlantic, there is an interesting development to be noted in the mother parliament.


The mother Parliament

Via the Globe’s Doug Saunders and Broken Social Scene’s Julie Penner, news that the new Speaker in the British House of Commons is vowing to shorten that Parliament’s summer break. Seems British MPs sat for “just” (JUST!) 143 days last year. Seems Mr. Speaker believes a greater demonstration of accountability is necessary.