A parliament is a legislature whose power and function are similar to those dictated by the Westminster system of the United Kingdom. More generally, "parliament" may simply refer to a democratic government's legislature. The term is derived from the French parlement, the action of parler (to speak): a parlement is a discussion. The term came to mean a meeting at which such a discussion took place. It acquired its modern meaning as it came to be used for the body of people (in an institutional sense) who would meet to discuss matters of state.
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... Parliament of Ireland (1297–1801) Parliament of Southern Ireland (1921–1922) People's Parliament (1940s) Silesian Parliament (1922–1945) Parliament of Northern ...
... The Acts of Union were two Acts of Parliament the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act ... following negotiation between commissioners representing the parliaments of the two countries ... There had been three attempts in 1606, 1667, and 1689 to unite the two countries by Acts of Parliament, but it was not until the early 18th century that both political establishments ...
... Essex was associated with the emerging presbyterian faction in Parliament ... However this plan failed when Parliament disbanded Massey’s army in October 1646 ... His death not only weakened the presbyterian faction in Parliament, it also began the decline of the influence of the nobles who supported the Parliamentary cause ...
... Parliament had voted to raise an army to counter the Royalist one Charles was leading but it was collectively unsure about how to conduct it ... as he shall, from Time to Time, receive from both Houses of Parliament," which was inevitably going to be a constraint on his ability to command an army ... This was a symbolic declaration of war against Parliament ...
... The 24th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand ... The 24th Parliament was extended by one year because the 1935 election was held later than anticipated due to the ongoing depression, similarly the 1919, and the 1943 elections ... The Prime Minister during the 24th Parliament was George Forbes, leader of the United Party ...
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“At the ramparts on the cliff near the old Parliament House I counted twenty-four thirty-two-pounders in a row, pointed over the harbor, with their balls piled pyramid-wise between them,there are said to be in all about one hundred and eighty guns mounted at Quebec,all which were faithfully kept dusted by officials, in accordance with the motto, In time of peace prepare for war; but I saw no preparations for peace: she was plainly an uninvited guest.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“He felt that it would be dull times in Dublin, when they should have no usurping government to abuse, no Saxon Parliament to upbraid, no English laws to ridicule, and no Established Church to curse.”
—Anthony Trollope (18151882)
“What is the historical function of Parliament in this country? It is to prevent the Government from governing.”
—George Bernard Shaw (18561950)