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What is a filibuster?

Mr Deeds'  filibuster has had unintended consequences 
 from the Dutch term vrijbuiter (pirate), in addition to the Spanish word filibustero (freebooting)
Where a minority party 'talks out (and therefore blocks)' a piece of legislation in parliament, with the result that a vote does not occur. Is frequently used by both parties in the US Senate where either one has few than 60 seats. Famously used by James Stewart in the 1939 Hollywood film Mr Deeds Goes to Town (see above)


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