Corbyn negotiates with the chamber

Jeremy Corbyn (JC) had to negotiate with the chamber again yesterday during Prime Minister’s Questions. When he rose to speak there was a great deal of barracking and he sarcastically remarked that is was nice to get such a warm welcome:

SP: Mister JEREMY →CO::RBY::N
JC: thank you mister speaker
Chamber: ((general noise))
                (4.0)
JC: thank you mister speaker (.)
    it’s nice to get such a warm welcome
Chamber: ((shouts))
JC: ((observes Conservative benches, eyebrow shrug))
        (10.0)
JC: if you would allow me for one moment

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Reprimanding a heckler

One particular member who shouted out something inaudible received Corbyn’s wrath before being reprimanded by the Speaker.

JC: there was no mention either
Member: ((inaudible))
JC: ((stares at member))
    (4.0)
JC: are you done?
    (2.0)
SP: let me very gently say to the (.)
    dedicated prime minister’s (.)
    parliamentary private secretary
Chambers ((cheers of agreement))
    (7.0)
SP: CALM YOURSELF MAN

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Chuntering

The word ‘chunter’, meaning to ‘mumble, find fault’, has found favour with the Speaker, John Bercow, when he reprimands a member of the chamber.

SP: auditioning to be a statesman doesn’t
    include chuntering from a sedentary position man

chunter

The word first appeared in the House of Commons in 1950 but has become more frequent in recent years as shown by a search of the Hansard Corpus:

chunter_corpus

http://www.hansard-corpus.org/

 


PMQs 21/01/2016
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