During a tetchy question time in parliament today the speaker, Lockwood Smith, said:
Question number five, Dr Russel Norman…
…Order! Now look, order. I apologise to Dr Russel Norman but the noise will…Order!…The house will settle down, this is absolutely disgraceful.
Members of the public watching this will email me this afternoon about how disgusted they are by some of the behaviour – it’s happened too often this week, I’ve had too many such communications this week, and I don’t like that reaction from the public.
[more shouting before Norman begins his question, and the circus continues...]
From what I (and obviously many others) have seen there should be more reaction from the public. Email Lockwood Smith and express your displeasure. Make it clear that the people of the country expect far better behaviour from our house of parliament, from our respresentatives.
It’s time for much more maturity and decency to shown. Party leaders should make it clear that their MPs have to set a far better example and be much more respectful of parliament.
It’s time for the disgrace to be dealt to.
This appears to be the email address to use to ask the Speaker to demand better behaviour: