The fine looking chap above is John McDonnell MP and he did something quite extraordinary in the House of Commons, so fed up was he with the refusal to open up the expansion of Heathrow Airport to a vote, to the political process in fact; that he manhandled the ceremonial mace (a serious offence in the Houses of Parliament, as it represents the authority of the sovereign and Parliament can't get together without it being present) whilst furiously shouting: "It's a disgrace to the democracy of this country!"
Marvellous video of the moment in question is just below, the first one has the row but not the fingering of the mace, which is in the second video (because bizarrely the BBC removed the footage from their website...). It's wonderful to see a man stand up for the people he represents, a true Member of Parliament and do look out for the refusal to sanction John McDonnell which leads to the division and count how many times the Speaker says 'Order' and is roundly ignored.
I do understand that it can all look rather twee and thankfully John McDonnell doesn't go berserk with the mace, which would've made better television no doubt but he would've lost his dignity and the widespread respect his actions have drawn. For the record, he placed the dislodged mace in the empty seat of Dennis Skinner MP, a notoriously wonderful character who is no doubt regretting not being there to join in.
The ceremonial mace itself has a grand history of being used to show disgust with the political process: John Beckett MP (a terrible old fascist) tried to take it back to his office in protest, Michael Heseltine MP famously used it to threaten opposition politicians and swung it about like a club, while Ron Brown MP threw it on the floor.
Who said British politics is boring, lacks passion and character?