No long-winded speeches for these lawmakers

May 19, 2011

Blog Guy, I know you’re a keen observer of politics and government around the world. Do all lawmaking bodies work pretty much the same?

Not really, there are some subtle variations. In Ukraine, for instance, if a member of parliament wants to speak he has to be choked first, as you can see in this photo taken yesterday.

Yikes! Then what happens?

Then the guy in charge twists the dude’s head around.

And then?

Then he throws him over a small door in the parliament chamber.

That’s amazing! What happens then?

I don’t know. Nobody has ever gotten past that point in the process before.

So in a typical year, how much time does Ukraine’s parliament spend in session?

About three minutes, sometimes less.

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Vice speaker of the Ukrainian Vekhovnaya Rada, Adam Martynyuk (R), scuffles with deputy Oleg Lyashko during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev May 18, 2011. REUTERS/Tatyana Bondarenko

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And I thought Soviet culture is dead. LOL 😀

Posted by fwd79 | Report as abusive

Oh dear me! Oh my! Sir, i protest! I must protest!! (read in Mr.Yunioshi’s accent, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Wow, that is such a precision choke even the guys suit turned blue from lack of oxygen!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

What is happening in this picture? Is it:
1. A man in a light blue suit being mugged for his iPad
2. The Ukrainian Fashion Police claiming another victim
3. A politician having his vocal chords warmed up for him by a helpful colleague
4. Something that we all feel like doing when a politician opens their mouth to speak

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Nosmo, all those are excellent possibilities. These also may be in the running:

5. “I told you, today’s suit color is dark blue!”

6. Demonstrating the popular Ukraine political practice of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

@Nosmo, 7. The Univeristy of Wisconsin Alumni Association collecting donations.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

What? Am I the only one who has noticed the sneaky pencil jab to the jugular?

Posted by lceel | Report as abusive

Oh. Does the (R) stand for Republican? Or Right?

Oh. Either one, huh?

Posted by lceel | Report as abusive

lceel – I thought he was going for the stabbing in the ear with the pencil.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

“I told you, you’re past your bedtime!…There, there…the sleep hold always make you sleep soundly, ey?”

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

8. They are practicising for “Taming of the Shrew”… Cant say who is who though…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

jclimacus…spot on. lol…that clip is used in Malta to raise awareness towards switching off mobile phone ringtones at the cinema… it’s a great advert.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive