Parliamentary debate is not schoolboy debate

How so? What is the difference between a parliamentary debate and a schoolboy debate. Let me figure. In the case of a school boy debate, the opposing teams will debate for or against an issue. And they stood by their positions. If they were to vote, both sides will vote accordingly. In a parliamentary debate, you can have opposing sides debating until their faces turned red or green. But when comes to voting, all can vote for one side. Then one starts wondering, why? There were two parties arguing and strongly believing in what they said. Then how come when they have to take sides, all took only one side? This is what parliamentary debate is all about. You just debate for the sake of debating, but they don't mean a thing. One can say no but vote yes. So I say, parliamentary debate is not schoolboy debate.


Wally Buffet said...


Looks like you are following the going ons as reported by the Straight Times with gusto.

Me? I prefer to read my Marvel comics. More entertaining that's for sure.

Ironman 2 is coming. Wahooooooo............

Anonymous said...

Not schoolboy debate lah. That will be giving them too much credit for nothing.

More like a church choir, with followers singing the chorus each and every time.

Matilah_Singapura said...

S'pore parliament is for babies lah. Everyone is too polite and too respectful of each other.

Politics is warfare. Ideas need to be thrashed out. People need to get emotional and start personally attacking each other. Even LKY acknowledges this: he understands that people want to see combat in the political sphere... to see blood.

S'pore politics and parliament is just for show -- at least that is what it looks like.

In Thailand they shoot each other. In S Korea, Taiwan, Japan and occasionally South America they hantam -- karate, tae kwon do...whatever works -- when parliament gets heated.

Until you have periodic heated arguments in parliament (remember: politics IS warfare), you haven't yet got proper working representational political system.

Wally Buffet said...

I want to see a heated parliament. After all, what are we paying the guys and gals for?

Enough of the pussyfooting. Let's get personal.

Chiam is too old for the kind of shit I have in mind. Low is too schooled in Confucian ethics being chinese educated to be impolite whilst Sylvia as a lawyer is too careful with her words let alone "action". We need Taiwanese type gladiators.

Then I will go back to watching the debate live on TV instead of my marvel comics.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

You want ruffians and thugs to fight in parliament?

Remember, the meek shall inherit the world. So said the bible?

Matilah_Singapura said...

The bible said a lot of things, some of them makes sense, most of it doesn't.

Don't forget the bible relates to one of 3 silly religions founded on the fact that a chosen man was asked to KILL HIS SONE and not ask any questions i.e. kill his son on the basis of faith alone.

How fucking fucked up is that?

As to the meek inheriting the earth, by now you know -- if you've had your eyes open -- that that is complete bullshit.

Politics is warfare. Better ruffian and thugs than gangsters, mobsters and big-time mafia (which is inevitable anyway)

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

If you look from Washington to London, Paris, Delhi, Bangkok to Beijing and Tokyo, from the north to the south, there are ample examples of the meek inheriting the seat of power.

No more Ghenghis Khan, Aladdin, Hitler, Caesar, Alexander leading the their countries.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Politics is warfare.

Just because you think someone is "meek" doesn't make it so. Appearing "meek" is the best offensive/defensive strategy in certain situations.

No one ever is going to win a political cobat match by actually being -- heart, mind body, spirit "meek".

Not even Ghandi. He knew that passive resistance was the best OFFENSIVE strategy to fight the British. But many history analysts mistake this for "meekness". See how wrong they are.

One more time, in case you forget:
Politics is warfare.

Wally Buffet said...

The meek shall inherit the earth?

Mr. Bean, this is the 21st century.

Try this "meek inherit the earth" business on our Singapore roads and you'll end up going nowhere. Be a "Get Outa My Way" type of motorist and you'll arrive way ahead of the pack.

Yup, politics is warfare. Someone once revered said that if you fear the heat in the kitchen, get the fuck outa there. Of course not in such language lah!