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By Alexander Downer, Australia’s Foreign Minister under John Howard, writing on the subject of parliamentary procedure ($) in the Democratic (for a given value of ‘democratic’) People’s Republic of Korea.
I was proudly shown the parliament. They have electronic voting at every MP’s desk. You press green if you agree. My guide delicately said that orange is for abstention. And what, I asked, is the red button for? The guide looked at the ground and one of the Australians filled in: “it calls the guards!”.
And who knows, perhaps it did. Or maybe none of the buttons did anything at all. It’s not like it’s ever sounded like they were really needed.