How they do it in South Korea

The Associated Press explains why things got so shovey and grabby, and recalls last year’s sledgehammer incident. The Guardian recalls other great moments in parliamentary fisticuffs.

Coincidentally, I was researching something the other day and came across the following incident in a February 1997 dispatch from Canadian Press on a particularly testy day in the Commons.

Outside the Commons, Liberal Joe Fontana got into a wild shouting match with Reform MPs Jim Abbott, Jim Gouk and Randy White. At one point, someone suggested the argument move outside the building, reminiscent of last week’s bare-knuckle threat in the Commons by Reformer Darrel Stinson.

Stinson had apparently rolled up his sleeves and asked Liberal John Cannis if he might like to settle their disagreement with fists, as recalled in this compendium of parliamentary nastiness.


How they do it in South Korea

  1. Our parliament might actually be more effective if brawls were held instead of 'debates'.

    • No joke, let Iggy and Harper get it on in the middle of the commons! That would be interesting!

  2. Anyone who attempts to initiate a physical fight from within the Commons (even if the fight is to happen elsewhere) ought to have their standing as MP rescinded immediately and a by-election to follow the selection of a new candidate. Lets starting implementing some harsh penalties for the stupid/juvenile shit.

  3. This is why every country needs an independent judicial system and a constitution, so that an independent legal organization can intervene and haul these supposed lawmakers into jail cells.