Order! Order! The Speaker’s secrets

As the parliamentary madhouse returns today, the Speaker lifts the lid on his role as “umpire”. Is the House of Commons a circus of childish antics? Or a robust and authentic expression of democracy?

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  1. Word association time! Think of the British Parliament and make a list of five words that spring to mind. Read them out to the class and find the three words that come up most often. What do these tell you?
  2. Write a short letter to the Speaker explaining what you think MPs should focus on for the rest of the year and why.