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Robert Rogers
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14 Aug 2012
With its mixture of politics, history, conflict and oratory, as well as many traditions and peculiarities and a host of characters, the village of Parliament provides a host of fascinating facts and interesting stories. And here for the first time is the definitive miscellany. Robert Rogers, Senior Officer of the House of Commons, takes us on an unstoppable textual tour of the heart of government, explaining everything from what s in the Dispatch Box to the original tune of the clock tower. Order! Order! includes affairs of state, history, clashes, speechmaking, architecture and oddities of every kind. What is Parliamentary language? Why is the House of Commons colour green while the Lords is red? Did you know that Disraeli was shouted down the first time he tried to speak? And what about the great events, such as Callaghan losing the 1979 vote of confidence, the hunting protest, and the characters such as the 17th Century Speaker who had such a squint no-one could tell who he was looking at and calling to speak? As entertaining as it is informative, and with the unique knowledge of an insider, there is something of interest for everyone, in this fascinating and informative guide.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press; Later Edition edition (14 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184954333X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543330
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Rogers is the Senior Officer of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He is the principal author of How Parliament Works.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good, fun read 8 Sep 2012
By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Robert Rogers, the Clerk of the House of Commons, is the latest in a long line of distinguished authors to have produced a miscellany of Parliamentary history, information and quirks. His volume is a worthy addition to that sequence.

Originally published in 2009 it has just been republished with little changed other than a new Foreword. As a result, although it is not quite as up to date as its 2012 publication date might suggest, it is still pretty fresh. Given Rogers's background, it is also no surprise that this is primarily a miscellany of the House of Commons. The House of Lords is much the neglected partner.

As with any miscellany, its real joy comes from dipping in and out to sample random collections of information, such as the different nicknames given to past Parliaments. The Addled Parliament of 1614 passed no Acts and so acquired its name: no eggs were hatched, as it were. The Dunces Parliament of 1404 was so nicknamed after Henry IV stipulated that no lawyers could be returned as Members. And so on we go through amusing, entertaining and sometimes enlightening too facts and anecdotes.

Rogers also does a fair degree of myth-busting, particularly around the two lines on the floor in front of the front benches in the House of Commons: no, their distance apart does not come from two sword lengths, and no, they are not the origin of the phrase 'to toe the line'.

You won't get any great thoughts on the nature of Parliament in this volume, but as you dip in and out of its entertaining pages a fair amount of useful knowledge seeps in through the edges.
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