The temporary bench

Lord Norton

Readers who are avid viewers of the Parliament Channel may wish to keep an eye open for the temporary bench in the Lords.  Many of the existing red benches are in need of repair, so they are being taken out one at a time to be restored.  When one is taken out, it is replaced by a temporary old bench.  The temporary bench is recognisable because it has a wooden board running along it (containing loudspeakers – before they were incorporated into the actual bench) and because, where it replaces a middle bench, it is too short, so is supplemented by a chair.   I am not planning to make this a quiz question, but you may wish to watch proceedings to see if you can identify where it is….

6 comments for “The temporary bench

  1. tory boy
    29/03/2011 at 1:26 pm

    The Government side middle set of benches fourth row up, have not spotted the chair yet but have noted knew bench. Was slightly foxed over the speakers above the bench but now makes sense.

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      30/03/2011 at 7:58 am

      tory boy: Well spotted. You will see the wooden board does not run the full length of the bench.

  2. MilesJSD
    29/03/2011 at 6:35 pm

    In some real sense, every seat in Parliament ‘belongs’ to The People;

    so it is quite advisable that we people should be adequately-able to imagine ourself helpfully and responsibly occupying one of these seats;

    and considering our potential numbers, to do so with constructively-cooperative intentions and a working-knowledge of the three basic principles of good-communication & honest- reasoning, life-experience-reporting, and formal-argumentation, namely
    (1) Clarity
    (2) Charity
    (3) Self-corrigibility.

    Certain workplace-skills and lifeplace-abilities were hitherto carefully-guarded in secret, and reserved for the use of senior-professionals, The Establioshment, or Parliamentarians and some Civil-Servants only;
    but not only are some of these becoming known to and competently practised by ordinary members of the Public, but are being added-to by random research by the Public.

    Such are the manuals I shall now be using, and in fairness I shall append their titles
    beginning with

    “Creative Visualisation” by Ronald Shone;
    “Six Thinking Hats” by Edward de Bono;
    “The Success Factor” by Harry Stanton; and
    “Meditation Made Easy” by Lorin Roche.
    Looking forward to ‘sharing’ a ‘seat’ with ‘you-all’


  3. maude elwes
    30/03/2011 at 4:22 pm

    Very observant Tory Boy!

  4. tory boy
    30/03/2011 at 9:17 pm

    I also notice that the existing audio speaker system may not be very good in the chamber, as so many members lean into the speaker system to catch what is said.

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      31/03/2011 at 9:13 am

      tory boy: Indeed. I am one of them.

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