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Remote possibilities

For years, members of parliament in the UK fought to preserve what they saw as essential components of parliamentary democracy in the traditions of the house. In contrast to the ballroom layout of modern foreign legislatures, the shape of the debating chamber dates back to Parliament’s 16th-century decision to take over the choir stalls of the Chapel of St Stephens’s. MPs will often point out that the layout of opposing benches gives members the ability to yell at each other across the aisle and, in doing so, make politics seem much more active to the public.

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