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
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
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
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: