The Labour MP Jim Sheridan on Tuesday called for sketchwriters to be banned from the Commons.
It is a scene familiar to many who have wandered down a British high street on a busy night: a man worse for wear for drink being restrained by three police officers as blue lights flash and fellow revellers crane their necks to watch the drama.
You know it's Christmas because things get silly.
Twenty years ago, almost to the month, John Major was forced to spell out in the House of Commons the benefits of Britain's continued membership of the European project.
Barclays has privately distanced itself from its bankers' donations to Mitt Romney, the US Republican presidential candidate, after its executives were accused in parliament of fundraising for political candidates instead of working to rebuild the public's trust in the wake of the Libor-setting scandal.