The government just set the terms of debate for the next general electionby Jay Elwes / June 26, 2013 / Leave a comment
Scotland Questions was especially rumbustious today. The benches were largely full and becoming more so, as was the gallery above, crammed with schoolchildren, staring mournfully through the glass that encloses the visitors’ section. The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore (Lib Dem, Roxburgh and Selkirk), answered questions well and in good voice, without notes, or at least none that were visible on the dispatch box.
Throughout these exchanges the House seemed to bubble. Andrew Tyrie (Cons, Chichester) took his seat on the back benches, looking a man well contented. He smiled and talked genially to the member beside him. What could be behind his good humour? A recently-won award, perhaps? But then the hubbub reached levels that caused the Speaker to intervene, demanding quiet, which was duly granted. Though not for long—exchanges between Moore and Angus Robertson (SNP, Moray) reached a crescendo of bellowing, which was only narrowly won by Moore, advantaged in the shouting match by having a microphone.