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Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby bloater » Sun May 17, 2015 8:25 am

Just wondering, MPs have to deliver an oath before they take their seat so could a person who is incapable of speech become an MP? Could a "deaf and mute" person deliver the oath using sign language? If Steven Hawking wanted to become an MP, could he take the oath using his electronic speech gizmo? Does a person actually have to speak the words out loud to legally take their seat in the house of commons?
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby Hairyloon » Sun May 17, 2015 9:23 am

Ignoring the difficulty that such a person should have getting elected, I would very much hope that there would be no problems in allowing them to take their seat.
However, I expect Steven Hawking will likely be outlawed under the new "extremism" legislation: he is an affront to democracy, being that smart and telling people to not vote Conservative...
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Sun May 17, 2015 9:38 am

MPs don't have to swear an oath: they can affirm if they prefer. It is the making of the solemn promise that is important, not the means by which it is made. The same arrangements could be made for an MP with a disability as are made for witnesses in court all the time.
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby dls » Sun May 17, 2015 9:39 am

I doubt there would be a second's difficulty in principle.
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby atticus » Sun May 17, 2015 11:46 am

There have been at least one MP who is deaf, and at least one who is blind.

I have no doubt that suitable arrangements can be made.
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby jantra » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:52 am

since most of them appeared pished most of the time, I'd say the ability to speak was probably low on the list of requirements.
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby miner » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:48 pm

It might be an advantage.

Most of the MPs talk shit most of the time, and so having one who couldn't talk shit would be a welcome change.
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Re: Can a "mute" person become an MP?

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:40 pm

I'd like to see it moved over to a text based system. It might slow down the "speaking", but it would hugely improve the rate of "listening", and it would render filibustering entirely impotent.
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