Kiss star Gene Simmons said he witnessed “controlled chaos” during his “insane” visit to the Houses of Parliament to watch Prime Minister’s Questions.
The hard rocker, in the UK for the band’s End Of The Road tour, was a guest of DUP MP Ian Paisley (North Antrim) and received a private tour before making his first trip into the Commons chamber.
Simmons, speaking in central lobby, said: “What I just saw in there was controlled chaos. It was the clash of wills but respectful – the right honourable so and so, it was fascinating.
“In America, it’s like the middle finger is a salute. I think Americans can take a big lesson in civility in how to make democracy actually work and still respect the other side.”
Asked if he had visited Parliament before, Simmons said: “Never to Parliament – taught it to my students, but never was physically here and I will tell you, touching a piece of granite that’s over 1,000 years old is insane.
“America is so young and has no sense of history, everything over there is just fast, immediate, instant gratification and there’s no time to sit there and just gaze, I mean, look where you are – it’s insane.
“We’re standing on, in terms of democracy, hallowed ground.”
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