15 August 2013 @ 06:00 pm
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I am aware that this story is a few days old but I wished to bring the decision to everyone's attention as it related to House business.

I have halted the trial of the additional camera set up as it is too costly and impinges on the ability of members to work in the chamber.
 
 
 
 
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therealpm: I don't think so[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
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John,

your concern for the costs that would be incurred by the broadcasters is touching.

-Peter
bamfbercow: Hmmmmm[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
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Peter,

The running costs would impact on the already tight budget of the House. Heaven forfend I would rather those resources be spent aiding the members in their work rather than being used to make their time in the chamber harder!

-John
therealpm: Peer[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
John,

it was my impression that the House was reimbursed for any costs, or does that apply only to installations above a certain elevation?

-Peter
bamfbercow: Not impressed[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
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Peter,

We are not getting extra cameras.

-John
therealpm: Precisely![personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC)
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John,

surely better coverage of the debates can only be a good thing for engagement of the public in the democratic process?

-Peter
bamfbercow: Hmmmmm[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
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Peter,

Whatever arguments you present I assure you wholeheartedly that they have already been discussed in great detail. The conclusion remains the same; we shall not be pressing forward with the additional camera set up.

-John.
therealpm: Thinking[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
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John,

then surely, if this has already been discussed in great detail, you can recall and present a sufficient counter argument?

-Peter
bamfbercow: Not impressed[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
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Peter,

if you wished to participate in the discussion, there was ample opportunity during the consultation period.

-John

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therealpm: Thinking[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
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John,

my invitation to the consultation must have gone missing in the post. No matter. I find myself at a loose end this evening, and so I am sure you will be glad to regale me with a concise summary of the major discussion points of this issue.

-Peter
bamfbercow: Angry[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Peter,

First of all, you know that isn't how in-House consultations take place. All members of the Lords and Commons were made aware of this in the usual House up-date bulletins. Perhaps not automatically putting all emails from House services in your spam folder might help in future.

Secondly, while you may not have anything to do this evening, I am rather busy and as such do not have time to walk you through the minutiae of an already completed debate this evening. If it bothers you that much, write to Sir Robert and he will be sure to reply in a timely manner, perhaps even furnishing you with copies of the minutes of meetings and reports associated with the decision. That should keep you busy.

-John
therealpm: Thinking[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
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John,

fine, you can mention your holidays in Burma and New Zealand as well. Briefly. If you must.

I'll be there at about 7:30.

-Peter
bamfbercow: Not impressed[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Peter,

I am busy and will be this evening too.

-John
therealpm: Pleased[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
*Peter doesn't deign to reply to John's previous text, opting instead to finish reading his own papers so that he can turn up (unannounced apart from Freddie's yells) in the Bercow fireplace at 7 pm- 30 minutes before he was due to arrive and therefore 15 minutes before John would have thought to close the connection.*

Good evening.
bamfbercow: Oh for goodness sake...[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
*Busy in his office signing letters to ministers, Freddie's cry of delight at Peter's arrival startles John enough to cause him tear a hole in the sheet with his pen. He stops himself swearing my taking his anger out on the letter itself, first ripping it in two (right through the 'To the Chancellor of the Exchequer' at the top of the page), scrunching the pieces into tiny balls and throwing them in the general direction of the bin.*

*John knows he should go out there to greet Peter - it would be rude not to and goodness only knows what state of affairs John would find when he eventually did venture forth into the livingroom - but the trips overseas had left John with a large backlog of paperwork to get through and not enough time to complete it.*

*Groaning, John swiftly tidied up his paperwork and reluctantly made his way to the livingroom.*

You're early, Peter.
therealpm: Thinking[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
*Peter looks up from the array of artwork, masterfully completed in poster paint and large amounts of glitter.*

Well spotted.

*He turns back to the pictures.*

I know druids and their customs were important, Freddie, but it's probably best not to draw the blood eagle at school. You might worry people.
bamfbercow: Hmmmmm[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
*As tempted as John is to snap at Peter, he holds himself in check. Instead, he heads off to the kitchen to fetch a bottle of something and a couple of glasses. By the time he returns, Peter had already made himself comfortable on the sofa.*
therealpm: A tolerable tipple[personal profile] therealpm on August 16th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd come round as soon as I did.

*He accepts a glass*

So how was Burma?
bamfbercow: posing[personal profile] bamfbercow on August 16th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
*John takes his own seat and glass. He has a sip of his drink before replying.*

Heartening. Being able to cross the border without being smuggled into the country - and being able to visit the cities for the first time - was certainly an improvement. There's still a long way to go, of course - a very long way, but the will is there and the activists on the frontline...

Anyway. How are you?

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