Some interesting turn-taking examples from this week’s Prime Minister’s questions.
Example: Corbyn (LO) reacts to chamber
LO: John emailed me to say the prime minister solemnly declared on national television Chamber member: solemnly LO: shortly before the last- yeh solemnly and I’m solemn as well ((gestures to member)) shortly before the last general election
Example: Corbyn (LO) pauses for chamber
SP: Jeremy Corbyn LO: mister speaker (.) if the prime minister (.) cannot answer now on tax credits and the devastation that is doing ((general noise from chamber)) ((8 sec pause)) LO: thank you (.) and the deva- ((laughter from chamber)) ((2 sec pause)) LO: and the devastation
SP – The Speaker of the House of Commons
Example: Intervention from Speaker (SP)
PM: our plans will mean hundreds of millions of pounds extra to cut energy costs ((general noise)) now honourable members opposite SP: or- order PM: yes SP: order (.) I apologise for having to interrupt the prime minister mister Blenkinsopp ((2 sec pause)) a statesman like demeanour is what I would hope for from someone who served with distinction in the opposition whips office calm yourself or take a sedative prime minister PM: on energy
PM – Prime Minister (David Cameron)
Example: Speaker intervenes
SP: Suella Fernandez MP: thank you mister speaker I recently visited the British army training unit in Suffield in Canada Chamber: ((general noise and shouts of ‘sshh’)) MP: And I met many SP: Order order or- order Scottish National Party members must calm themselves ((shouts of ‘here here’)) the honourable lady is going to ask what I think might be her first Prime Minister’s question that question will be heard in full Suella Fernandez MP: thank you mister speaker I recently visited the British Army training unit ...
Example: Speaker intervenes and dismisses question
Chamber: ((general noise)) CP: would he agree would he agree that the green taxes imposed by the last government are significantly responsible SP: order order or- order ((waves papers)) we don’t need to waste time with this it’s got nothing to do with government policy mister Hywel Williams mister Williams Chamber: ((general dissent and noise)) SP: mister Wi- HW: thank you- SP: order order nothing to do with current government policy mister Hywel Williams HW: thank you mister speaker ((2 sec pause; general noise)) thank you mister speaker
CP – Chris Philp; HW – Hywel Williams