http://www.reuters.com/resources_v2/flash/video_embed.swf?videoId=106589588The comic value of brawling legislators is always a delight to behold. Usually Taiwan and Korea are the leading exporters of such mirth but as the eyes of the world turn to Africa during the World Cup, Nigeriaâ€™s law-makers pictured here have also brought back the biff.
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Thereâ€™s not likely to be an outbreak of any such thing in the Victorian Parliament with its popular Speaker Jenny Lindell imposing her iron will on the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly.
Their much-improved website gives internet users from all across the world the opportunity for the first time to see Speaker Lindell in action. She does not muck about, wielding a sharp tongue and a big stick.
Itâ€™s Judge Judy meets Yes Minister. Thereâ€™s no nonsense, thatâ€™s for sure.
Legend has it that the Speakerâ€™s husband, Roland Lindell, the chief of staff of the stateâ€™s Treasurer, has been dubbed by some wags â€œThe Listener.â€
The Speaker is able to kill the audio of the live video webcast of the Parliamentâ€™s questions and does so more frequently than a radio producer activates the dump box during a Kyle Sandilands broadcast.
Her stern but fair pronouncements and feared death-stare from the chair can quickly silence even the most recalcitrant, mouthy and liquored-up legislator.
She is must-see TV and is already developing a cult-following since the Parliament has started to webcast vision of the proceedings.