PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) in the House of Commons was back to its usual self on Wednesday with the prime Minister David Cameron going up against the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Harriet Harman. Harman is less confrontation and aggressive compared to her predecessor and former boss, Ed Miliband, so one might presume that she is somewhat of a sitting duck for David Cameron who has been noted for his own ‘bullying and adversarial’ tone at times. Harman however is sticking to her ‘soft’ approach and this seems to be having an effect on Cameron who seemed less boisterous.
Interruptions at PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) are recorded in Hansard in a limited way, usually through the insertion of the word ‘[Interruption.]’ and are often followed by the Speaker’s call to order. The house however is collective body and background noise from the chamber during PMQs is important in signalling the general mood and degree of agreement or disagreement with the current speaker.
Here is the abstract for our upcoming conference presentation.
Representing Spoken Political Discourse in the Digital Era: Can accurate and faithful semantic representations be obtained from Hansard transcriptions of Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons? Continue reading “Abstract for upcoming conference”
Welcome to this blog site – “Neutral Footing”. Here you will find academic commentary on political discourse with particular reference to the Houses of Parliament.
To kick us off, here’s a short poem based on the words of the current speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow:
We’ve got to listen in order to hear
There’s far too much noise
And shouting I fear
We need to make progress
Please do shut up
If you cannot calm down
Then I say grow up!