PMQs Watch: Howls of laughter

Jeremy Corbyn (JC) had to brave howls of laughter when he accused the Prime Minister of a ‘long answer’ at PMQs on Wednesday. Corbyn had previously provided a quite long question himself which the house had barely tolerated. When he accused the Prime Minister (PM) of being long-winded the Conservative benches immediately sensed the irony and burst into a chorus of laughter, putting Corbyn off his stride.

PM: ...
    I’ve got plenty of material in here
Chamber: ((shouts of support))(2.0)     
SP: Jeremy CORBY::::N
JC: m- mister speaker
    that was a very long answer
    when he could of sim-
Chamber: ((howls of laughter & noise))
JC: when he could (1.0)
    when he could have s- (6.0)
Chamber: ((noise continues))
JC: when he could have quite simply said (.)
    mister speaker (.)
    he could have quite simply said
    whether or not
    ...

Laughter and noise are strategic tools at the disposal of an audience in order to show their approval or disapproval of the current speaker.


PMQs – 11th May 2016
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: