After hearing the congressman’s outburst on Wednesday night, Jessica and I talked about how we’ve seen ‘loud’ exchanges in the House of Commons but never at a joint meeting of Congress. Apparently a lot of people were reminded of this as Andrew Sullivan notes in his article “The British Counter-Example.” This article explains the rules about conversation in the parliament.  It’s interesting to read their rules.

Andrew begins – “I see a lot of commentary that compares Joe Wilson’s “You Lie!” outburst with the ruckus that often happens in the House of Commons. But one thing you are not allowed to shout in the Commons is that another speaker is a liar. A lot of circumlocutions evolved to bypass this – “terminological inexactitude” is my favorite (Churchill, of course) – but the ban is for a reason.”

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The British Counter-Example – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

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