13:38, Wed 8 Feb 2012
In the current Parliamentary crisis many commentators are invoking the historical context and calling for a new 'Great Reform Act' to clean up politics. But what was Parliament like before 1832? Is the contemporary discussion on the behaviour of MPs unprecedented? What about the behaviour of the speaker, Michael Martin? Professor Mark Knights, Dr Joe Hardwick and Dr Sarah Richardson discuss these issues and consider the historical context of today's parliamentary crisis.
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(MP3 format, 33:01, 45 MB