Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oh, jargon

So I ran into the phrase "bang the table" in a BBC news report this morning. I had never heard it. Wikipedia has no clues. There's a company called Bang the Table, but its web site has no clue about the meaning of the phrase. Well, the BBC assumes we know.

Does anyone know what "bang the table means?"

Cabinet members 'bang table' over Lords NHS win

Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers have "banged" the table at a cabinet meeting to mark the impending passing of the coalition's NHS reforms into law, Downing Street has said.

The Health and Social Care Bill, for England, has had a difficult passage through Parliament but was finally passed by the House of Lords on Monday.

The government hopes it will now enter law by Easter.

A Downing Street spokesman said "cross-party" celebrations had taken placeā€¦

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