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Old 02-06-2015, 07:18 AM   #1
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Prayers in Parliament - If MPs want a seat they got to turn up for prayers!

I watched the BBC's new documentary that gives an inside look at the workings of the House of Commons :

Inside The Commons : Lifting the Lid


To all Brits, I recommend watching this series!

Anyway, whilst the National Secular Society has been campaigning against prayer sessions in local council meetings - it's an integral part of Parliament too.

Prayers take three minutes at the beginning of the day. You think you could just turn up late ... but here's the rub:

There are more MPs than seats in Parliament , so if you want to grab a seat, and if you want to get a good seat, you have to be there in the beginning.

There is this system of booking seats - with "prayer cards", which are little chits of paper that an MP can put in a slot on a seat. So an MP can get there before parliament begins, and put one of these cards in a seat to book that seat.

Here's the most troubling thing: if an MP then doesn't then turn up for prayers, then the commons staff take out the card from the seat and tear it up. So seats are only bookable for MPs who are willing to turn up for prayers!

Welcome to the British Parliament in 2014!

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Old 02-06-2015, 08:31 PM   #2
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So I show up and have a 3 minute nape and/or I say "Praise Odin" at the end.
Now why is there no devil smiley? You have an angel but no devil?

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Old 02-07-2015, 06:26 AM   #3
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Stop the Holy See men!
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:49 PM   #4
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This is bullshit. Nearly always when you watch BBC parliament only a few of the seats are occupied. If put in that position, I think I'd have to sacrifice a small animal or something.
I'd like to see anyone take Dennis Skinners seat if he were averse to prayers. Or ever late for work.

thank goodness he's on our side
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