PRAYERS in the Commons is a solemn – and fairly unusual – business. There’s a lot of turning around and stuff, all faintly Masonic, actually. But apparently it’s all to do with accommodating members’ swords. Or something.
Now mobile phones have always been frowned upon in the chamber, although they’re more tolerated now than in the past. But when your phone goes off during prayers (as someone’s did today), you can expect Mr Speaker to take a dim view. When it goes off twice during prayers (as it did today) you can expect Mr Speaker to give you a ticking off.
When your phone goes off during prayers, twice, and your ringtone is the main theme from Star Wars (and all this happened today), you can expect not to be called to speak again until about the turn of the next century.
And no, it wasn’t me.