Alex Massie Alex Massie

Tales from the House of Commons 2

Time to return to TP O’Connor’s Sketches in the House, his account of the 1893 parliamentary session. Back then, happily, the government could not yet guillotine a bill and so obstructionism – or filibustering – was a legitimate, if infuriating, parliamentary tactic. Much to Mr O’Connor’s irritation…

Again I repeat, obstruction is a matter not of intellect, but temperament.

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